Conservative Groups Oppose New RFRA Language

Apr 2, 2015

Gov. Mike Pence signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last Thursday.
Credit Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Some of the staunchest supporters of Indiana’s religious freedom bill say the “clarification language”  crafted by Republican legislative leaders will destroy religious protections the controversial law created. The legislative fix comes after concerns the  measure would be used to discriminate against the LGBT community.

The bill known as RFRA allows people to use their religious beliefs as a legal defense against certain  government regulations. GOP lawmakers this week developed a follow-up bill that says RFRA can’t be  used to deny services, goods, housing, or employment to anyone based on sexual orientation or gender  identity. 

But Eric Miller says the backlash that prompted the follow up bill is unwarranted. Miller is the  executive director of Advance America, a powerful Indiana conservative group. He argues the outrage  over RFRA is the result of a coordinated misinformation campaign by people pushing a particular  agenda.

“Which is to get government recognition, government approval, adding to our civil rights laws  protections for sexual orientation and gender identity. That’s the endgame,” says Miller. 

In a statement, Indiana Right to Life says the legislative clarification will dismantle protections RFRA would have provided pro-life people and businesses from being forced to support abortion.