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Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: L676

Scope and Contents

This collection includes 2 "Pence Must Go! Your rights could be next" yard signs, 7 protest signs created by attendees and 2 created by organizers, 2 stickers and 21 printed photographs from a rally on March 28, 2015 located at the Indiana Statehouse grounds. Also included is an April 13, 2015 edition of TIME magazine addressing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Featured within the magazine is a photograph of Governor Mike Pence hosting media at the Indiana State Library on March 31, 2015.


  • 2015 March-2015 April

Administrative History

Senate Bill 101 prohibits a governmental entity from substantially burderning a person's excerise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless the governmental entity can demonstrate that the burden: (1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering the compelling governmental interest. Provides a procedure for remedying a violation. Specifies that the religious freedom law applies to the implementation of application of a law regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity of official is a party to a proceeding implementing or applying the law. Prohibits an applicant, employee, or former employee from pursuing certain causes of action against a private employer.


Indiana General Assembly, 2015 Session, Legislative Services Agency website, Senate Bill 101: Accessed on September 17, 2019.

Indiana General Assembly, 2015 Session, Legislative Services Agency website, Actions for Senate Bill 101: Accessed on September 17, 2019.

Historical Note

On March 28, 2015, opponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (Senate Bill 101) gathered on the Indiana Statehouse grounds to protest. Annette Gross, protest organizer, "hoped to bring people together and spread the message of the importance of voting". The streets outside the Indiana State Library along Ohio and Capitol Avenue became a location for local and national media to cover Governor Mike Pence, legislators and protesters. On March 31, 2015, the Governor addressed media in the Indiana State Library. An article within the April 13, 2015 edition of TIME magazine features a photograph of the address in the library's History Reference Room.


Fox 59 website, "Rally opposing Religious Freedom Bill draws thousands": Accessed on September 17, 2019.


3 Cubic Feet (1 extra-large oversize box)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


The repository continues to add materials to this collection.

Processing Information

Collection processing and finding aid completed by Bethany Fiechter on 2019/09/17.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.