Amid a growing "firestorm" of criticism, Republican legislative leaders said on Monday they're working on adding language to the law to make it clear that the measure doesn't allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.
As signed by GOP Gov. Mike Pence last week, the measure prohibits state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.
The definition of a "person" includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.
When the federal government adopted a religious protection act in 1993, the intent was to protect members of vulnerable religious minorities from punishment for the exercise of their beliefs.
Since then, 20 states have passed their own religious freedom laws.
Liberal activists say that over time court decisions and conservative legal initiatives started to change the meaning of those laws — not to protect minorities but to enable some religious groups to undermine the rights of women, gays and lesbians or other groups.
Here is the editorial of the Indianapolis Star headlined "Gov. Pence, fix 'religious freedom' law now."