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NORTH HAVEN, Conn (WTNH) — The Religious Freedom Restoration Act dates back to the early 1990’s. It was designed to protect people against government infringement when it comes to their religious beliefs at both a federal and state level.
A great deal of attention has been given to the law recently passed in Indiana.
“Whenever you’re in a situation with that kind of legal change it can raise anxieties for people,” said Professor Jennifer Brown, Dean of Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Many people may not realize that Connecticut, along with 18 other states, has its own version of the law. But the law in Connecticut has several important differences that Indiana does not have.
“First, Connecticut has as a background to all of this,” said Brown. A state-wide statute that protects gays and lesbians from discrimination. It protects people in Connecticut from discrimination on a number of characteristics.”
The law in Connecticut also applies to just people. Indiana’s law includes businesses and corporations, according to Brown. Finally, our own version of the religious Freedom Restoration Act allows a person to state their defense against the government.