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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 Colorado

House 65

24   41

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 11

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming District of Columbia

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 Nevada

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 3

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming New Hampshire

House 100

41   59

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 5

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming New Jersey

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 3

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming New Mexico

House 70

24   46

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 7

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Religious Freedom, RFRA

Wyoming New York

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 5

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Oklahoma

House 100

76   24

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 35

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Religious Freedom, RFRA

Wyoming Oregon

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 2

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Rhode Island

House 75

8   66   1

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 1

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Religious Freedom, RFRA

Wyoming Vermont

House 143

43   95   5

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database none

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Washington

House 98

41   57

Senate 49

20   29

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 17

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming West Virginia

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 8

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Wisconsin

Senate 33

19   14

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 4

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Wyoming

House 60

51   9

Senate 0

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 5

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

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