Conservatives are trying to spin a yarn that the religious liberty of Christians in this country is under attack. When the Supreme Court handed down its pro-marriage-equality decision in June, conservative pundits opined that Christian congregations would soon be required to let gays and lesbian marry in their churches.
Back in March, when Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the state's Republican-controlled legislature retreated under pressure on a Religious Restoration Freedom Act, many heralded the "moment" as a "turning point" in the battle for full LGBT rights. But last week both North Carolina and Michigan passed discriminatory laws far worse than Indiana's ever was.
What this compromise is not is a model for other states. Utah is a unique entity, and offering ever-increasing room for religious exceptions elsewhere would undermine the value of all antidiscrimination laws. Utah was not going to step back from its broad religious-liberty exceptions, but other states shouldn't expand theirs.