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THE ISSUES

Religious Freedom

QUICK STATS

  • Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of 1993
  • Gave private citizens the ability to use their religious beliefs in court
  • SCOTUS struck down the federal law in 1997
  • Many states have since enacted their own RFRAs

SUMMARY

In recent years,  business owners and state officials have utilized state-sponsored RFRAs to claim their right to refuse good and services to LGBTQ+ based on their religious freedoms as granted in the RFRA. Religious Freedom acts provide a license for business owners and state officials can discriminate on a basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. These legislative acts must be struct down to protect the rights and dignity of LGBTQ+ consumers nationwide.