State Policy Brief: Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Family Research Council recommends and supports Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs). These laws prohibit the government from burdening religious exercise unless it meets a very high bar. These legal protections have become necessary to ensure that America’s “first freedom”—the free exercise of religion—is sufficiently protected in every state.

Key Points:

  • Since 2015, 76 state RFRAs have been proposed across the nation, each mirroring the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
  • These protections prohibit the government from burdening religious exercise unless it meets a very high legal bar and is applied narrowly.
  • RFRAs protect people of any and all faiths whose sincere beliefs are in danger of being unnecessarily burdened by the government.

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