Indiana Governor Signs “Fix” for Right to Discriminate Law

Written by scott on April 3rd, 2015

Governor Pence has signed a “fix” to the state’s right to discriminate law, but the debate is still swirling.

Here are the general updates around the law and the “fix”:

Legislature Passes the “Fix”: The Indiana House voted 66-30 to alter the divisive “religious freedom” law to remove fears that it would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians. The Indiana Senate voted 34-16 to OK changes to the “religious freedom” law. full story

Governor Pence Signs the “Fix”: Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has signed into law a measure preventing the state’s new “religious freedom” law from being used to discriminate against LGBT individuals. full story

Commerce Groups Praise “Fix”: Indiana Chamber of Commerce President Kevin Brinegar said the proposed changes that would prohibit service providers from discriminating against gays and lesbians are “what businesses and individuals from around the state, country and world needed to hear” while Indy Chamber President and CEO Michael Huber called the proposed changes “a major step in the right direction in efforts to protect the rights of all Hoosiers.” full story

“Fix” Doesn’t Go Far Enough, Groups Say: Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign say the “fix” doesn’t go far enough to solve the state’s lack of protections against LGBT discrimination. full story

Angie’s List Calls “Fix” Insufficient: Angie’s List calls the revision to the “religious freedom” law “insufficient,” becoming the first major local company to reject the deal hammered out by Indiana legislators, the business community and others. full story

GOP Quiet About Law: The Washington Blade notes that few in the GOP have spoken out against the law. full story

55% Oppose Law: A HuffPost/YouGov poll found that 55 percent of people think businesses should be required to provide the same services to LGBT customers, while 31 percent said businesses should be allowed to refuse on religious grounds. The poll was taken before the “fix”. full story

Nix it Now Campaign Launches: In the wake of the Indiana experience, the National LGBTQ Task Force launched the “Nix it Now” campaign to discourage similar laws in the future. full story

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Anti Gay Pizza Parlor Gets Cash Bonanza: The anti-gay pizzeria that spoke out blatantly about its plans to discriminate will net almost $500K for their bigotry, thanks to an online crowdfunding page. full story

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We also have some analysis and opinions about the law and the “fix”:

What the “Fix” Does: According to Ian Millhiser at Think Progress, the “fix” basically prevents the law from usurping local LGBT rights laws, but does not apply to religious groups, and gives no new rights to LGBT citizens. full story

Dem’s Alternative Leaves Out Trans Citizens: Autumn Sandeen takes apart the law, and notices that the Democrats’ alternative leaves out transgender folks. full story

Gay Couple Speaks Out: A married Indiana gay couple speaks out about the law from inside the state. full story

How Hoosiers Feel About Boycot: After calls to boycott Indiana over the state’s ‘religious freedom’ law, Skylar Baker-Jordan looks at what LGBT people in the state actually think. full story

Fixes Are a Good First Step: Zack Ford at Think Progress says the “fix” is a good first step, but much more needs to be done to secure LGBT rights. full story

Law Passed Because Liberals Stayed Home: How did this law get passed in the first place? The Dallas Voice’s Hardy Haberman has the answer – liberals stayed home. full story

More states and localities consider banning travel to the state:

Maryland Governor – No Travel Ban: Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday rejected a gay lawmaker’s request to ban state-funded travel to Indiana over its religious freedom law. full story

Colorado Governor Considers Ban: DENVER – Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper’s (D-Colorado) office says the governor has not ruled out the option of banning or discouraging official travel to Indiana by Colorado state employees, but is waiting to see the “fix” being worked on by Gov. Mike Pence (R-Indiana) and his state legislature. full story

Opponents of the las continue to speak out:

Drag Queen Argues Against Boycott: Drag Queen Lt. Moxie Anne Magnus argues for not boycotting the state, although she opposes the law. full story

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Salesforce to Help Employees Relocate: Salesforce.com Inc. employees in Indiana who are uncomfortable with the state’s recently adopted Religious Freedom Restoration Act can relocate with help from the company, CEO Marc Benioff told CNN Wednesday. full story

LGBT Weekly Calls for Ban to Continue: Joel Trambley calls for continuing the boycott against the state until it repeals the law completely. full story

Ten Best Quotes: Queerty rounds up the ten best quotes opposing the law. full story

Mellancamp Speaks Out: Singer John Mellancamp, an Indiana native, speaks out against the law. full story

Boy George Calls kLaw Outdated: Out singer Boy George called the law outdated, but said he would perform in Indiana despite the state’s so-called religious freedom law. full story

Supporters of the law are still sounding off too:

Christie Defends Pence: NJ Governor Chris Christie, in his first remarks on the subject in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, focused on defending Pence: “I know Mike Pence, and he’s got nothing but love in his heart for people.” full story

Professors Support Marriage Equality, RFRA Laws: The Christian Post profiles three law professors who support both marriage equality and RFRA laws. full story

Ohio Group Jumps Into Fray: Citizens for Community Values, the Ohio group that successfully pushed an Ohio constitutional ban 11 years ago, is urging people to contact GOP lawmakers to preserve the right to discriminate law. full story

Senator Cotton – Be Glad You’re Not Being Hanged: Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton says gays should get some perspective on the Indiana bill and be glad they aren’t being hanged, like in Iran. full story

Jeb Bush Wavers on Support: After endorsing the law, Bush has now backtracked, saying a “better approach” would have been a “consensus-oriented” process that brought both people of faith and members of the LGBT community to the table. full story

Tweets from Supporters Who Hate “Fix”: Joe.My.God rounds up tweets from supporters of the law who hate the “fix”. full story

Perkins Says Veto the “Fix”: Tony Perkins urged the Governor to veto the “fix”. full story

NOM Urges Veto Too: The National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown also urged the Governor to veto the “fix”. full story

Bryan Fischer is Sad: Bryan Fischer is upset about the “fix” and says Pence can forget about any Presidential aspirations in 2016. full story

Tony Perkins is Sad, Too: In the wake of the Governor’s signing of the “fix”, Perkins says “If the government punishes people for living their faith, there are no limits to what government can control.” full story

Wolf in Sheep’s Rainbow Clothing: Thomas Peters at The American Papist vividly illustrated “Christian” fears. full story

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And finally, a little comedy to lighten your day:

Funny or Die Spoofs Law: James Van Der Beek and Anna Camp play a pair of bigoted home shopping network hosts who, thanks to Indiana’s “religious freedom” bill, are now free to refuse to do business with icky gay customers. full story

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