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Often erroneously referred to as religious liberty, religious freedom, religious refusals, or the acronym RFRA, these discriminatory religious exemption bills come in a wide variety of formulations. We all care about the freedom of religion, and that sacred freedom is already protected by our constitution. These unnecessary and discriminatory bills allow people to discriminate against LGBTQ people based on religious beliefs. Sometimes, these bills are so broad or so vague that they open a can of worms of unintended consequences far beyond the consequences for LGBTQ people. For example, religious leaders could refuse to cooperate with investigations into child abuse by claiming their beliefs prevent them from testifying against members of their church. 

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