Indiana Governor Defends Passing Religious Freedom Act

By on March 27, 2015
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 Indiana Governor Defends Passing Religious Freedom Act

In a bizarre turn of events this week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law Thursday that allows business owners to deny same-sex couples service on religious grounds, once he was met with criticism, he promptly then defended the bill.

 

Within a few hours, Star Trek actor and LGBT activist George Takei took out his frustration on Twitter using the hash tag #BoycottIndiana, which then became trending.

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Democratic lawmakers, LGBT rights activists and civil liberties groups have argued that the outrageously ignorant Religious Freedom Restoration Act legalizes discrimination. And other celebrities and activists aside from Takei have questioned Pence’s decision to sign the bill.

 

On Monday, Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player, called out the Governor on Twitter, asking him if he will be discriminated against when he attends the Final Four of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis next week.

 

On Thursday, the Indianapolis-based NCAA, expressed its own concerns. “We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement.

Several other businesses plan to protest the law by denying Indiana their business. The gamer convention Gen Con threatened in a letter to pull its event out of Indianapolis when its contract with the capital ends, and Mark Benioff, CEO of the $43 billion tech company Salesforce, proclaimed that the company will no longer proceed with its plans to expand to Indiana.