RFRA heads to Pence's desk for signature

INDIANAPOLIS -- The so-called "Religious Freedom" bill has passed through the Senate again, and now heads to Gov. Mike Pence's desk for signature.

The Senate voted 40-10 Tuesday to concur with the House's version of Senate Bill 101.

The bill, authored by Sen. Dennis Kruse (R-Auburn), is modeled after the federal "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" passed by Congress in 1993 and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.

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Supporters say the bill is necessary to prevent business owners and employees from being forced to participate in things they find objectionable due to religious beliefs – including a baker being forced to make a cake for a same-sex marriage.

Opponents have characterized the bill as a license to discriminate.

Pence said he will sign the bill into law.

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