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

23   16   1

Senators 20

13   7

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 7

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Wyoming Colorado

Representatives 64

24   40

Senators 35

17   17   1

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 11

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 100

54   46

Senators 50

32   18

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 14

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Wyoming Maine

Representatives 151

56   89   6

Senators 35

14   21

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

13   29

Senators 21

8   13

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 3

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming New Hampshire

Representatives 400

167   233

Senators 24

10   14

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 70

24   46

Senators 42

16   26

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 5

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Religious Freedom, RFRA

Wyoming New York

Assembly Members 150

41   109

Senators 63

23   40

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 4

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Oklahoma

Representatives 101

77   24

Senators 48

39   9

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

22   38

Senators 30

12   18

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 1

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Pennsylvania

Representatives 203

110   93

Senators 50

29   21

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

8   66   1

Senators 38

5   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 140

42   93   5

Senators 24

6   18

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database none

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Washington

Representatives 98

41   57

Senators 48

20   28

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 17

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming West Virginia

Delegates 100

59   41

Senators 34

20   14

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 8

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Wisconsin

Representatives 99

63   36

Senators 33

19   14

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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