State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs): What are they and why are they needed?

What is a RFRA?

Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) refers to a state law that mirrors the federal statute by the same name and which prohibits the government from burdening religious exercise unless it meets a high level of legal scrutiny. Then-Representative Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Senator Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) and then-State Senator Barack Obama are just a few examples of political leaders who have voted for a RFRA at the state or federal level.

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