The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, at both the state and federal levels, has provided cover for Christian business owners who want to discriminate due to their faith. RFRA has been used to defend everything from anti-gay pizza shop owners in Indiana to the anti-women owners of Hobby Lobby.
The scary thing is that various forms of RFRA are all over the country.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State just published a map documenting the kinds of RFRA statutes in every state, and you get a sense of just how pervasive this faith-based legislation is:
For the policy wonks out there, if you scroll down on that page, you can see exactly what each state’s Constitution says about RFRA and how courts have interpreted it.
It’s a helpful resource — and a frightening one, given how RFRA has been used by conservative Christians.