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Posted on June 11, 2022

South Dakota Governor Kristi Norm Signs Religious Refusal Bill Allowing Denial Of Service To LGBTQ People. Law makes South Dakota the first state to pass a major change to its RFRA law in the past five years.

Metro Weekly By John Riley on March 12, 2021 @JohnAndresRiley

South Dakota Gov. Kristin Noem (R) has signed a religious refusal bill that allows businesses to deny goods or services to LGBTQ people and others based on owners’ purported religious beliefs.

Under South Dakota’s religious refusal bill — one of 36 measures introduced in legislatures this year — state agencies and their employees, localities, or elected officials may not “substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” unless doing so “is essential to further a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling government interest.”

The bill also declares that religious conduct cannot be treated more restrictively than comparable secular conduct, even in cases where there is “alleged economic need or benefit.”

In non-legal speak, that means a business or individual, like a baker, a store owner, or an entity that has a contract with the state to provide services cannot be forced to violate their religious beliefs. Therefore, if they have beliefs opposing homosexuality, or sex outside a monogamous one man-one woman marriage, for example, they cannot be compelled to provide goods or services to an LGBTQ person or a same-sex couple.