Maine RFRA Bill Under Scrutiny

Written by Don Byrd
Proposed legislation in Maine would make the state the 18th (or so, depending on how you count) in the nation to enact a Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Such laws prohibit the state from burdening a person’s religious exercise unless a compelling government interest requires it. A federal law – which is 20 years old this year – similarly constrains the federal government.

Writing in the Bangor Daily News, bill sponsor David Burns defends the law against charges the law would undermine same-sex marriage. Instead, he says, the purpose is to roll back “attacks” on religion.