The Arkansas House has approved a religious freedom measure that mirrors the one signed into law last week in Indiana that opponents there say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday that he’d sign the measure.
Fourteen other states are considering similar proposals this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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HOW MANY TIMES IN 2014
WAS “RELIGIOUS FREEDOM”
Since Indiana passed a new “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” (RFRA) the state and Governor Mike Pence have taken a lot of heat for it as a “license to discriminate.”Saturday Night Live has lampooned the new law, celebrities have called out the state, the twitter hashtag #BoycottIndiana is trending and businesses are refusing to invest in operations and facilities there.
Opponents of the bill call it a license to discriminate.
Supporters, however, note that 19 other states have passed RFRAs without people getting upset and calling for boycotts. They also point out that Bill Clinton and other Democrats overwhelmingly supported the federal RFRA law in 1993. They portray opposition to Indiana’s RFRA as hypocritical and hyperbolic.
There is a lot of confusion and misinformation floating around on both sides, though. So, here are some things you should know about the Indiana RFRA.
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