Friday, April 3, 2015

NAACP Statement on Religious Freedom" Legislation in Indiana and Arkansas


MARYLAND---After a national and state-wide uproar over bills promoted as religious freedom measures and criticized as discriminatory against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, state lawmakers in Indiana and in Arkansas approved new legislation on Thursday to remove the most contentious language. In Indiana, legislators passed a series of changes on Thursday that, while not outlawing anti-gay discrimination, clarified that the religious freedom law does not authorize such discrimination. Lawmakers in Arkansas, acting at the urging of the governor, passed a measure that is nearly identical to the federal Religious Freedom and Restoration Act. [link]