The Age Of RFRA

November 16, 2018 via Forbes

On Friday, November 16th, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) turned 25 years old. By many standards, the law has proved a rousing success. And most who are acquainted with the issue know the general story. It was passed by a near unanimous Congress in 1993, signed into law by Bill Clinton, heralded as a significant bipartisan achievement for civil rights, and adopted by nearly half of the states. But despite that pedigree, RFRA became embattled and perceived as a tool in the culture war between religious conservatives and the LGBT rights movement. Today, the law is too toxic for even deeply conservative states like Georgia, whose governor vetoed RFRA legislation in 2016.

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