Indiana Religious Freedom Bill
By: Breanne Mandabach
The Indiana religious freedom bill, also known as religious freedom restoration act, was recently signed by Indiana's governor, Mike Pence. This allows businesses to cite their religious freedom as a legal defense. The law states that the government can’t burden a person’s exercise of religion, and if they feel like their beliefs have been or could be burden then they could use this law to protect them.
Since the bill/act was first announced, it has had controversy over why it was made and whether it helps or not. Many people believe that it was made to discriminate against the LGBT. They believe this because anyone can deny their service if it is against their beliefs. For example, a pastor doesn't have to marry the LGBT if the pastor doesn't wish to due to his beliefs. Another stance on this is to protect those pastors and/or any business who believe in their right of denying service due to religious reasons from court cases.