Religious Imposition

This law topic summary was last updated on: December 13, 2018

Religious Imposition laws cover a range of legislation designed to shield private individuals and businesses from complying with nondiscrimination laws and to affirmatively deny services such as employment, housing, and reproductive health care based on a religious objection to that service. Religious Imposition laws exist on both the federal and the state level and take the form of Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs), which create a statutory model for those with religious objections to laws of general applicability like the Affordable Care Act to avoid compliance with those laws based on religious objection.

Other Religious Imposition laws take the form of conscience-refusal laws that permit civil servants, health-care workers, and others to deny services or products based on a moral or religious objection to the person serviced or the product requested. Still other forms of Religious Imposition laws—such as anti-transgender legislation—target specific groups and seek to shield businesses and individuals from actions that would otherwise be discriminatory on the basis of a religious or moral objection to LGBTQ individuals.

These maps illustrate how Religious Imposition laws are sweeping through state legislatures across the nation.

The first map shows all activity in states related to Religious Imposition laws. The darker the color, the more Religious Imposition legislative activity in that state. Hover over a state to get more detail and click to see all Religious Imposition related laws for that state.

In the second set of maps you can see at a glance which states have laws that have been passed by state legislatures and are currently in effect.

Database includes all anti-LGBTQ bills introduced since the 2015 legislative session.

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Wyoming Alaska

Representatives 40

21   17   2

Senators 20

14   6

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 4

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Wyoming Colorado

Representatives 65

29   36

Senators 35

18   16   1

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 9

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming District of Columbia

s 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database none

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Federal

0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database none

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Iowa

Representatives 99

58   41

Senators 50

29   20   1

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 13

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Wyoming Maine

Representatives 151

70   74   7

Senators 34

17   17

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 11

10 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Wyoming Nevada

Assembly Members 42

15   27

Senators 21

9   11   1

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 3

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming New Hampshire

Representatives 377

210   167

Senators 24

14   10

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 5

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming New Jersey

Assembly Members 80

26   54

Senators 40

15   25

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 3

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming New Mexico

Representatives 69

31   38

Senators 42

16   26

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 4

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Religious Freedom, RFRA

Wyoming New York

Assembly Members 146

42   104

Senators 63

31   32

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 4

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Oklahoma

Representatives 99

72   27

Senators 46

38   8

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 35

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Religious Freedom, RFRA

Wyoming Oregon

Representatives 60

25   35

Senators 30

13   17

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 1

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Pennsylvania

Representatives 201

120   81

Senators 49

33   16

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 10

2 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Anti-Transgender, Religious Freedom, RFRA

Wyoming Rhode Island

Representatives 75

10   64   1

Senators 37

4   33

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 1

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Religious Freedom, RFRA

Wyoming Vermont

Representatives 141

53   81   7

Senators 26

7   19

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database none

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Washington

Representatives 98

48   50

Senators 49

23   26

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 17

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming West Virginia

Delegates 100

64   35   1

Senators 34

22   12

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 8

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Wisconsin

Representatives 99

64   35

Senators 33

18   15

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 4

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Wyoming

Representatives 60

51   9

Senators 30

27   3

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 5

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

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