It’s clear that the main beneficiaries of RFRA are the Christian right and other religious conservatives. RFRA has given us the Hobby Lobby decision permitting religious employers to decide what kind of birth control, if any, their insurance plans will provide. It’s given us “conscience clauses,” in which medical personnel can refuse to provide women with legal medical services—culminating in the truly absurd case of Sara Hellwege, an anti-choice nurse-midwife who is suing a federally funded family planning clinic in Tampa for religious discrimination because it declined to hire her after she said she would refuse to prescribe “abortifacient contraceptives,” i.e., birth control pills.
The public interest law firm Alliance Defending Freedom denies that RFRA has ever been used to discriminate against homosexuals. Joshua Tijerina, an ADF spokesman, wrote, for example, about
Barronelle Stutzman, a florist who willingly served a gay friend, Rob Ingersoll, and his partner for nearly 10 years: