Indiana Passes Anti Gay Right to Discriminate Bill

Written by scott on March 24th, 2015

Indiana Governor Mike PenceA right to discriminate law just passed the Indiana legislature.

Melanie Nathan reports:

Governor Mike Pence (R-Indiana) is being urged to veto SB 101, a piece of legislation that would be one of the most anti-LGBT laws in the nation. The legislation allows individuals to ignore any law they deem to conflict with their religious beliefs. A broad coalition of groups in Indiana is against the proposed law including civil rights and faith leaders, small business owners and the Indiana Chamber of Commerce.

A campaign has been launched to ask Governor Mike Pence to veto the bill:

“As a seminary graduate, this bill is deeply offensive,” said Heather Cronk, co-director of GetEQUAL. “The fact that religion is being used as a smokescreen for deeply hateful and vile sentiments by right-wing extremists, and then cemented into law, is not just un-Christian – it’s un-American.”

As activist Scott Wooledge puts it: “I’ve engaged in the battles against these bill in Arkansas, Arizona, and Tennessee in 2011. My message to those pushing these regressive, reactionary “religious freedom” laws is we will follow you to whatever state you try this and we will fight you aggressively. And my message to our allies and friends is we will pressure to defend your LGBT friends’ and workers’ right to live their lives free of discrimination.”

Scott McCorkle, CEO of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud of Indianapolis, has also said SB 101 threatens future growth in Indiana. “Our success is fundamentally based on our ability to attract and retain the best and most diverse pool of highly skilled employees…” The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, engine maker Cummins, health-care provider Eskenazi Health and pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and Co. have also voiced concerns about SB 101’s impact on their businesses.

The Governor doesn’t seem inclined to listen:

Indiana Governor Mike Pence released a statement following the House passage yesterday of SB 101, a sweeping bill that would allow Indiana business owners to refuse service to customers based on religious beliefs.

Said Pence: “The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact. I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue. I look forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.”

Dark days in Indiana – how soon will the first case test this new discriminatory law?

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14 Comments so far ↓

  1. Deborah says:

    This just encourages HATE crimes. Please Veto this bill. We have enough violence and crime in this world now without this bill passing and allowing and open door to more.

  2. Lee says:

    You never loss your freedom of religious.. Its USE fighting to keep our rights

  3. Mr Eric G. Osterberg says:

    Religious Freedom is for religious church meetings etc. not for civil organizations. When will these Rupugnantan idiots wise up?

  4. Kyle Glozie says:

    Religion has no freedom. We, the people, have the right to pastiche our religion any way we choose. What’s good about religion if it is used not fight injustice, but to promote it?

  5. Ron Brawdy says:

    Ever hear of “separation of church and state?”

  6. Mason says:

    So let’s boycott the State of Indiana should this become law. Boycotts have worked for other various State sanctioned discrimination practices. Remember AZ loosing the Super Bowl? When we stand together, then discrimination practices will be changed.

  7. Catlin says:

    How soon til this bill is overturned based on a muslim using it to enforce sharia?

  8. What’s up with all these alleged Christain Republicans trying to make hate legal. It’s disgusting to me that just because they believe a certain way, they have to impose it on everyone else. They’re doing nothing but hurting themselves with this hateful campaign. Do they really think that God is pleased with their hate towards their fellow man ?

  9. Marla Randolph Stevens says:

    Try this one on for size: Jason Collins gets hit by a vehicle crossing the street from his hotel to the Coliseum for the Final Four, an ambulance is called, one from an Indianapolis company long known for its antipathy toward gays. The ambulance personnel, recognizing Collins, refuse to pick him up because his being gay offends their religious beliefs. Collins bleeds out on the street and dies. Does his husband have a wrongful death lawsuit against either the drivers or the ambulance company?
    Testimony at the bill’s hearings from law school professors boiled down to, “a judge will have to decide.”
    One local columnist said about this: “The proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana, offering businesses a right of refusal based on personal faith, ups the ante that far.
    “Cross the wrong employee at the wrong counter in the wrong store — or scarier: the wrong doctor or nurse in any hospital — and it will be up to a judge to work it out. All complements of an Indiana legislature ready to super-size religious rights over all others.
    “Man, but check the view over the lake from those lawyers’ new vacation homes.”
    For a bunch of legislators who regularly claim to hate judicial review and to hate the trial lawyers even more, they just hit both of them a home run right outta the park. There have been claims before that some bill or other was destined to be the Full Employment for Lawyers Act to beat ’em all — well, this one’s the real deal.
    From your non-Indiana home, you can make sure that any organization that holds a convention in Indiana or sports group or touring performing artist(s) who include tour stops in the state will be met with protests in your state when they come there. You can volunteer to raise funds to support the repeal effort. You can help do research into which businesses are openly standing against discrimination. There are many things. Get creative. Join the fight.

  10. Tom McAnnally says:

    Finally! Someone else to make Alabama actually look good!

  11. Ari says:

    This bill allows for the right to refuse service to Jews (if you are a fundamentalist Christian, you don’t serve the murderers of Christ) or Afro-Americans (if your faith is Aryan supremacy) or women (if you are a fundamentalist Muslim, or Hindu etc.)… America should be proud…

  12. Jason Ward says:

    What kind of morons are running Indiana? Do they want to lose all tourism money? These people making these decisions are the ones you catch in affairs or in the adult video stores. Some you might find on the Internet watching porn. The LGBT community is harmless people. No one wants your children. No one is trying to convert you. Governor I post this question to you..what are you afraid of? What will you do in April when the Supreme Court recognizes same sex marriage? You claim to be a free state but yet you are reverting to segregation and discrimination. Are you willing to accept these responsibilities? My prayer is that your children or grandchildren do not end up coming out and realize you have discriminated against and isolated them. You should be ashamed sir.

  13. Jes says:

    Why don’t I just put a pink triangle on my chest so I can killed on site!

  14. WillRunRiot says:

    I don’t discriminate against gays, but anyone who can’t spell should be shot. God knows.

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