RELIGION

Protest slated over Indiana law that critics say allows discrimination on religious grounds

  • Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015.  Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Indiana State Representative Christina Hale addresses the crowd during the rally. Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    Indiana State Representative Christina Hale addresses the crowd during the rally. Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. Indiana's law has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the country. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. Indiana's law has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the country. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)  (The Associated Press)

Organizers expect a large turnout at a rally against Indiana's newest law that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people.

The law's supporters say it will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds.

The rally will be held Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis.

Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of "person" includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.

Sixteen states have introduced similar legislation, which is patterned after a federal act.

Indiana's law has been widely criticized by businesses and organizations around the country. The Indianapolis-based NCAA has expressed concerns about the law, and has suggested it could move future events elsewhere.