Friday, October 15, 2010

The New Wave of Extreme State Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) Legislation: Why It's Dangerous

by Marci A. Hamilton

October 14, 2010

Despite the nation's unhappy and unfortunate experience with the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and its progeny, there is a new movement pushing for a new kind of state RFRA -- which is much more extreme than we've seen in the past.

In this column, I'll explain why the enactment of extreme-RFRA statutes or ballot initiatives would be a grievous mistake, and describe some of the movement, on the state level, regarding this issue.