Religious Imposition

This law topic summary was last updated on: October 31, 2017

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.

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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 66

28   38

Senators 35

18   17

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 7

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming District of Columbia

Councilmembers 13

  11   2

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

59   41

Senators 50

29   20   1

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 8

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Wyoming Maine

Representatives 151

70   74   7

Senators 35

18   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 399

225   174

Senators 26

15   11

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 1

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming New Jersey

Assembly Members 80

28   52

Senators 41

17   24

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 3

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming New Mexico

Representatives 70

32   38

Senators 42

16   26

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 3

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Religious Freedom, RFRA

Wyoming New York

Assembly Members 150

42   108

Senators 64

31   33

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 4

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Ohio

Representatives 103

68   35

Senators 34

25   9

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 5

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Conscience and Refusal Clauses, Religious Freedom

Wyoming Oklahoma

Representatives 105

77   28

Senators 49

42   7

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 31

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 203

121   82

Senators 50

34   16

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 9

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Religious Freedom, RFRA

Wyoming Rhode Island

Representatives 75

10   64   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 South Carolina

Representatives 125

80   45

Senators 46

28   18

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 15

1 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Related to: Religious Freedom

Wyoming Vermont

Representatives 145

53   83   9

Senators 26

7   19

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database none

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Washington

Representatives 99

49   50

Senators 49

24   25

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 17

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming West Virginia

Delegates 102

65   37

Senators 36

23   13

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 7

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Wisconsin

Representatives 99

64   35

Senators 33

20   13

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 4

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

Wyoming Wyoming

Representatives 62

53   9

Senators 30

27   3

Total Religious Imposition Laws in the Database 4

0 Active Religious Imposition Laws in the Database

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