Rep. Wesco discusses support for RFRA and clarification

Posted by: Jay Wood  | Thursday, April 2, 2015

STATEHOUSE- “The ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ was about protecting religious freedom in Indiana. RFRA was about freedom when Congress passed it in 1993, and it was about freedom when Indiana adopted it last week. It was not about discrimination then, and it is not now. Never has a RFRA successfully been used to allow any form of discrimination whatsoever. However, contrary to all basis in fact, many in the public were misled to believe otherwise.”

“Today, the House adopted clarifying language clearly stating that RFRA could not be used to authorize or defend any form of discrimination. I supported it. The law needed no clarification, but some members of the public did. This in no way whatsoever eliminates any religious freedom. Everyone, in every situation has the full legal protection of our State Constitution which states, "No law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise of religious exercise... or interfere with the rights of conscience."  

“My passionate support for religious freedom is unwavering. I remain committed to the principle that everyone should be allowed to act in accordance with the dictates of their own conscience.”


Rep. Wesco represents portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.