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Indiana religious freedom act criticized by officials in states with similar laws

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March 30, 2015, Washington Times

Lori Windham, senior counsel for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, said the reaction shows “just how much misinformation is out there about this law.”

“It’s similar to laws in 19 other states. The federal government, of course, has the law that all these were modeled on,” Ms. Windham said. “There are other states like Massachusetts that use the same standard under their state constitution. This has been the case for at least 20 years, and the sky hasn’t fallen yet, so why would it fall tomorrow?”

The Becket Fund was among the conservative groups and legal analysts that moved Monday to counter the arguments behind growing national opposition to the law. They say the law has never been used as a loophole to allow discrimination.