Critics mentioned the proposal offers people and companies license to discriminate whereas utilizing faith as a authorized defend.
Opponents additionally contended present legislation already offers enough protections towards spiritual discrimination.
“As Iowans, we have now at all times been extraordinarily welcoming to minorities and marginalized teams,” mentioned Dustin Miller, govt director of the Iowa Chamber Alliance, who expressed concern the invoice sends the improper message in a worldwide market at a time when Iowa is concentrated on financial and inhabitants development.
Brian Waller, president of the Iowa Expertise Affiliation, mentioned his business is Iowa’s “financial engine” proper now, with greater than 92,000 high-wage jobs and 34,000 open positions.
“We really feel strongly that having Iowa change into a spot that’s recognized for intolerance is harmful for Iowa’s expertise business,” he mentioned. “We are able to’t afford to offer Iowans causes to really feel unwelcome.”
Nevertheless, subcommittee member Sen. Julian Garrett, R-Indianola, mentioned he didn’t imagine the arguments by enterprise teams “maintain water” as a result of states with spiritual freedom legal guidelines are thriving economically.
Kelly Shackelford of the First Liberty Institute mentioned a 3rd of the financial system is religious-based organizations and companies.