INDIANA’S RELIGIOUS FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT HAS SET OFF A NATIONAL DEBATE SINCE BEING SIGNED INTO LAW. C-E-O’S, CELEBRITIES AND SPORTING ORGANIZATIONS HAVE WEIGHED IN. BUT MANY STATES, INCLUDING KENTUCKY, ALREADY HAVE SIMILAR LAWS ON THE BOOKS. W-L-K-Y’S MARK VANDERHOFF LOOKED AT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THE TWO STATES. HE’S HERE TO TELL US WHAT HE FOUND. MARK. KENTUCKY’S LEGISLATURE PASSED ITS RELIGIOUS xGpGpGxGxGpGygygñwñwñw FREEDOM RESTORATION ACT IN 20-13. THERE WAS CERTAINLY SOME CONTROVERSY… BUT NOTHING LIKE INDIANA IS SEEING. Joe Dunman: For the most part, they’re the same. For the most part, they reflect the language in the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was passed in 1993. CIVIL RIGHTS ATTORNEY JOE DUNMAN SAYS THE FEDERAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT HAS BEEN THE MODEL FOR MANY STATES. UNLIKE KENTUCKY’S LAW, INDIANA’S SPECIFICALLY SAYS RELIGION CAN BE A DEFENSE IN DISCRIMINATION SUITS. Joe Dunman: It is in no way a “get out of trouble free card” for someone accused of discrimination, but it still provides the opportunity for them to cite their religious beliefs when accused of discrimination. BUT INDIANA’S ACT HAS DRAWN NATIONAL ATTENTION… EVEN FORMER N-B-A STAR CHARLES BARKLEY ISSUED A STATEMENT. BUT CARROLL PARISH, TEACHING PASTOR AT LOUISVILLE’S NEW LIFE CHURCH, THINKS THE CRITICISM IS MIS-DIRECTED. Carroll Parish: At least in my understanding, it’s very, very similar. So why it’s happening there, unless people just decided they’re just going to make a big display of coming out against it this time. PARISH SUPPORTED KENTUCKY’S RELIGIOUS FREEDOM ACT WHEN IT BECAME LAW IN 20-13. THAT WAS AFTER A SHOWDOWN IN WHICH GOVERNOR STEVE BESHEAR VETOED THE BILL… AND THE LEGISLATURE OVERRODE HIS VETO. Carroll Parish: I think a lot of times people latch on to one issue, and kind of try to make it an example to other people, and I’m wondering if that isn’t what’s happening here. BUT DUNMAN SAYS INDIANA’S LAW, WHATEVER IT’S EFFECT, SENDS THE WRONG MESSAGE. Joe Dunman: I fear that it was meant to provide an extra backup for people who may feel like they can discriminate for various reasons, especially against the LGBT community. TWO OF INDIANA’S TOP LAWMAKERS HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE TODAY SAYING THE LAW WAS NOT INTENDED TO ALLOW DISCRIMINATION. THEY SAY THEY WILL INTRODUCE A BILL TO CLARIFY THAT, BUT HAVEN’T OFFERED ANY SPECIFIC LANGUAGE. MARK VANDERHOFF, WLKY NEWS.