On March 26, Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a bill passed in the Indiana House just days before.
This bill has stirred up a ton of controversy due to the wording in it. Part of it stated, “A governmental entity may not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability,” specifically in section 8 provision (b) of the bill.
The wording allows for businesses to deny service to LGBTQ individuals in order to follow the beliefs of owners’ religious practices.
This caused protests all over the country, especially since Gov. Pence received backlash about the bill for two days before he signed it into law.