While Indiana's 'religious Freedom' Law is Under Attack, Many More are on the Way

Lawmakers in Arkansas will vote as soon as Thursday on a "religious freedom" bill similar to Indiana's much-criticized new law, part of a wave of legislation across the United States that critics say would allow discrimination against the LGBT community. Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is rooted in the federal law of the same name, which passed in 1993. Versions of that law have now been adopted in 20 states, but Indiana's, which caused a firestorm of boycotts and criticism, has a few key bits of language that separate it from the rest. The law, which will go into effect on July 1, could be used to protect businesses that get sued for refusing service on religious grounds.