As Governor of Indiana, Vice President Mike Pence Signed Bill Allowing Discrimination of LGBT Individuals For Religious Reasons That Was Later Rolled Back

 In LGBTQ   Last Updated: June 18, 2017

As Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence signed a Religious Freedom Law in 2015 that originally would allow organizations to refuse service to anyone for religious reasons.  The text stated: “a government entity may not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.”

However, in the face of widespread criticism the legislation was amended within weeks to ensure it would not promote discrimination.  Pence later noted “this new judicial standard would not create a license to discriminate or to deny services to any individual as its critics have alleged.”




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Cook, Tony, and Brian Eason. “Gov. Mike Pence Signs RFRA Fix.” Indianapolis Star. N.p., 01 Apr. 2015. Web. 18 June 2017.

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