National News: Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act
On March 26 of this year Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence signed a bill into law during a private ceremony in his statehouse office that resulted in an uproar across the nation.
Since then Indiana’s Religious Freedom Bill has been greatly misunderstood by politicians and celebrities due to bias reporting and the vast majority of citizens believing nonsensical assumptions.
The bill has since been revised on April 2. It provides new language to clarify that businesses and service providers cannot use legislation as justification to discriminate based on a client’s sexual orientation.
The original bill pasted in late March did not mention sexual orientation, causing others to fear it could allow business owners to deny services to gays and lesbians for religious reasons.
Nonetheless, the bill declares that state or local governments from substantially burdening a person’s ability to exercise their religion; unless the government can display that it has a compelling interest and that the action is the least restrictive means of achieving it.
In signing the revised bill Governor Pence continued to defend the original bill in saying that there had been a misunderstanding about the bill’s intent.