Changes in Indiana RFRA law OK’d; some see weaker religious protections

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April 8, 2014

'This business serves everyone,' says sign in downtown Lafayette, Indiana

A sign reading, “This business serves everyone,” is seen in the window of a barbershop in downtown Lafayette, Ind., March 31. (CNS photo/Nate Chute, Reuters)

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — The changes Indiana lawmakers made to the state Religious Freedom Restoration Act “raise several concerns about the protection of religious freedom for Indiana’s citizens and religious institutions,” the state’s Catholic conference said.

The new language “may undermine religious freedom,” it said, because the terms “religious function” and “nonprofit religious organization” are not clearly defined in wording related to religious freedom protections.

The conference, which is the public policy arm of the state’s Catholic bishops, issued a statement April 2, the day that Gov. Mike Pence approved changes to the RFRA measure he had signed into law March 26. The law goes into effect July 1.

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