What do Florida, Alabama, Texas, Indiana, Mississippi and Arizona have in common? There are two, almost three things that they share in opposition to the Obama administration and the federal government.

All of them are among the 27 states challenging Obamacare. They also join 25 states in a lawsuit against the president’s executive action on immigration. Moreover, with some degree of differences, they are practically on the same page when it comes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence being the legislation’s poster boy.

In effect, they are opposed to any measure proposed by the President, or they are seeking ways to tamper with a federal law, and this is particularly true with the RFRA.

There are several ways in which Indiana’s RFRA provision differs from the federal version of the law that was enacted in 1993. Most egregiously, as several reports have noted, Indiana’s statute allows for businesses to assert a right “to the free exercise of religion,” language that does not exist in the federal law.

Pence’s attempts to clarify the act does not remove the stigma of discrimination, especially against gays and lesbians. His so-called concern for religious liberties, in fact, allows individuals and corporations to invoke religious beliefs in private litigation.

While Obama has not commented on this law, White House spokesperson Jon Earnest had this to say about it: “The signing of this bill certainly doesn’t seem like it’s a step in the direction of equality and justice and liberty for all Americans. And again, that’s not just the view of the administration, I know that’s the view of the Republican mayor of Indianapolis and a whole host of nonprofit and private sector companies who have legitimate concerns about the impact of this legislation.”

Next week, Indianapolis will be in the spotlight as the NCAA championship is slated to take place there, despite an aroused number of protesters demanding the games be held elsewhere.

Even Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, which is headquartered in Indianapolis, has voiced his objection to the law. “It’s important to us because we’re an employer here in this state. But most importantly … it strikes at the core values of inclusion and diversity,” he said.

It’s much too late for that to happen, but there is still time to deal with any future engagements in the state, and clearly something more sustained than the call to boycott the state, as was mentioned but never consummated in Florida in the aftermath of the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.

How wonderful to learn that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is among a growing number of leaders incensed by Pence’s edict. In a statement, he said, “Today, I direct all agencies, departments, boards and commissions to immediately review all requests for state funded or state sponsored travel to the state of Indiana and to bar any such publicly funded travel that is not essential to the enforcement of state law or public health and safety. The ban on publicly funded travel shall take effect immediately.

“New York state has been, and will continue to be, a leader in ensuring that all LGBT persons enjoy full and equal civil rights,” the governor added. “With this action, we stand by our LGBT family members, friends and colleagues to ensure that their rights are respected.”

We will know who the national college basketball champion is long before we get the results of the lawsuits against Obamacare—something that may not be resolved until 2016, depending on who is elected as the next president. Even so, that decision, as well as one on immigration reform, may still be in limbo—or dead on arrival if the Republicans have their way.

But more and more it seems the clock is being turned back, that right-wing retrenchment is once more the law of the land, and that means the return of states’ rights, with Florida, Alabama, Texas, Indiana, Mississippi and Arizona leading the way.