"Was I expecting this kind of backlash? Heavens no," Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told reporters Tuesday. Pence was taking fire for signing into law the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The Indiana law is modeled after 19 other state laws and the federal law known by its acronym RFRA and pronounced "Riff-ra," designed to protect individual religious practices from the heavy hand of government. It is also shaped by the 2014 Supreme Court decision Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, which extended RFRA protection to "closely held" corporations.