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Montana governor signs RFRA bill that critics worry will condone anti-LGBTQ discrimination

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promising during his 2016 campaign for governor not to pursue a RFRA law, Gianforte boasted of signing the proposal in a tweet issued last week, writing: “To protect Montanans’ right to freely exercise their religion, I was proud to sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act today.”“The governor signed SB215 into law to protect the freedom of people of all faiths to exercise their sincerely held religious beliefs,” a spokesperson for the Governor’s Office told the Helena Independent Record in a statement. “Montana joins 21 other states with RFRA laws, where it has historically been used to allow Native American children to wear braids in school, Sikhs to wear turbans in the military, and Christian employers to refuse to cover abortions.

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