The so-called “fix” to Indiana’s controversial religious freedom law was part of a court hearing Wednesday. Religious groups are suing four cities because of the “fix” and city ordinances they say prevent them from barring LGBT people from their events.
They filed suits challenging anti-discrimination ordinances in Carmel, Indianapolis, Bloomington and Columbus.
The religious organizations say the ordinances prevent them from holding events in those cities. And they say the “fix” to RFRA nullifies their defense against the ordinances.
The city attorneys say the groups have no right to bring the lawsuit because they can’t show any real harm; the cities rebut that the group’s arguments are hypothetical and conjecture.
But attorney for the religious groups Jim Bopp says intent matters.
“People go get loans based upon their intention to do things,” Bopp says.
Attorneys for the cities say the constitutionality of their ordinances and state law doesn’t need to be decided; they say the suits should be dismissed outright.