As to the religious aspect [of HB2], might I remind you that the 13th and 14th amendments to the Constitution forbade states (which are signatory) from passing such (specifically, and intentionally discriminatory) laws — even though the South has traditionally held to retention of the “old ways.”
Further, under the United States Constitution (and subsequent litigation), states are not allowed to implement, either directly or through proxy or scapegoat, laws that specifically target individual citizens, whether by race, gender, class or religion (et al).
A “religious exemption” institutionalizes bigotry. Bigotry is common in Christianity (read John, etc. — have you ever been called a witch, pagan, heathen, or gentile, etc.?) and also in Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, etc., most religions. And under constitutional law [it] is not permissible, and automatically illegal, as [contained in the] Civil Code of Conduct (e.g., by states).
— Vasco Sena