Today, the Indianapolis Star devoted its entire front page to a call for rethinking the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Click that image for a closer look. Read the entire editorial here.

This page was designed by Spencer Holladay of the Gannett Design Studio in Louisville, Ky.

His boss — studio creative director Ryan Hildebrandt — tells us:

The Star contacted us in the early afternoon to explain what they were planning. We instantly knew how important this page would be to a lot of people. Spencer started building options immediately while working with the newsroom on the words.

The buzz about over this doesn’t surprise us one bit. I’m proud of the Star editorial staff and management for their no-fear approach to making sure their message wasn’t just seen, but also heard.

I have a number of other front-page editorials in my collection. On Dec. 5, 2008, the Detroit (Mich.) Free Press urged Congress to bail out the auto industry (below, left).


On May 2, 2010, the Arizona Republic of Phoenix demanded immigration reform (above, right).

On Nov. 8, 2011, the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., sounded off on the Penn State sex abuse scandal (below, left).


On April 22, 2012, the Sioux City (Iowa) Journal pleaded for a halt to high-school bullying.

Two years ago tomorrow, the Daily Tar Heel — the independent student paper at the University of North Carolina — called for reform of how sexual assault cases were handled on campus.


And on Oct. 6, 2011, the Northern Star — the student paper at Northern Illinois University — ran a full-page, page-one apology for an editorial cartoon it had run in its previous edition.


I also have several examples that probably should have been labeled as page-one editorials…


…but don’t get me started on the NYC tabloids.

That image of today’s Indianapolis Star is from the Newseum. Of course.