Shikha Dalmia on Indiana's New and Unimproved RFRA Law


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The threat of an economic boycott by major corporations and other states had Indiana Gov. Mike Pence scurrying back to the table to fix the state's new RFRA (Religious Freedom and Restoration Act). But has this awe-inspiring—use  or, rather, abuse—of corporate power produced salutary results?

Not really, argues Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia. The revised law has basically allowed the likes of Apple CEO Tim Cook to use their right not to do business with those they disagree with to take away the same right of Indiana businesses. Worse, it won't fully protect gays from discrimination, but will sow fear and confusion among religious businesses.