- 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
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.