The kinds of anti-gay discrimination that advocates fear Indiana’s new law will allow are already explicitly banned in roughly 18 other states.
Critics argue that laws such as Indiana’s essentially grant immunity, on religious grounds, from discriminating against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. And that concern has sparked a major backlash, with corporations like Apple, Salesforce and the NBA speaking out about the law or threatening potential action over it.
But if Indiana and those other RFRA states draw derision from the LGBT community, nearly as many deserve plaudits. Eighteen states and Washington, D.C., specifically prohibit discrimination in employment and housing based on sexual orientation or gender identity. And 17 offer similar protections in public accommodations, a category that includes the government and private businesses, such as restaurants, movie theaters, libraries and shops.
Here’s a look at those state prohibitions, according to maps updated last Wednesday by the Human Rights Campaign, which supports LGBT rights. (Note: The original HRC state maps have been modified, with legends added, for readability.)