Indiana Mess Continues As Legislature Struggles to “Fix” Law

Written by scott on April 2nd, 2015

The Indiana legislature started on a “fix” for the state’s new, reviled right to discriminate law. So many more updates for you – first the general stufff:

New Bill Might Have Some LGBT Protections: Indiana GOP leaders are vetting a proposed RFRA change that would clarify that private businesses may not discriminate against LGBT citizens on the basis of religious beliefs. full story

Text of Clarification: The clarification would say that the new “religious freedom” law does not authorize a provider – including businesses or individuals – to refuse to offer or provide its services, facilities, goods, or public accommodation to any member of the public based on sexual orientation or gender identity, in addition to race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, or military service. full story

Law Could Cost State $250 Million: Backlash over the passage of the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” signed into law in Indiana last week by Gov. Mike Pence, could cost the Hoosier state as much as $250 million in economic activity — and counting. full story

We also have some analyses of the new law and its impact and effects:

Law Exposes GOP Divisions: The fight over the law has exposed deep divisions in the GOP ahead of the 2016 elections. full story

Waldman Analyzes Law: Towleroad.com’s Ari Ezra Waldman takes a close look at what’s in the right to discriminate law. full story

Ramifications of the Law: Zack Ford at Think Progress looks at how the law empowers businesses to discriminate. full story

Should We Boycott: Matt Baume explores the good a boycott does, and the way to get these bills off the table before they are passed. full story

Law is Consolation Prize: The law is as a direct response to the failed attempt to place a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, a consolation prize for anti-gay activists. full story

People and Corporations are still lining up to oppose the new law:

Evan Bayh Opposes Law: Retired Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.) sharply criticized his home state governor on Tuesday for signing a controversial “religious freedom” law that he said would unambiguously invite discrimination against gays and lesbians. full story

Celebrities Tweet Opposition: Stars of stage, screen, sports, and television continue to lash out against Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act as they call for their fans to #BoycottIndiana. full story

Celebrities Tweet Opposition to Indiana Law

More Corporations Oppose Law: Human Rights Campaign (HRC) yesterday launched a statement supported by a number of corporations calling on public officials to defeat or abandon efforts to enact harmful anti-LGBT legislation being considered around the United States, including American Airlines, Apple, Levi Strauss, Microsoft, Orbitz, Replacements, Starwood Hotels, Symantec and Wells Fargo. full story

CNN Reporter Opposes Law: Out CNN anchor Don Lemon on Tuesday criticized an Indiana bill that supporters say protects religious freedom but critics argue targets the LGBT community. full story

Michael Stipe Has Suggestion for Governor: The former R.E.M. front man, who came out 20 years ago, shared his feelings in a brief video uploaded to his private Tumblr page: “Indiana and people of Indiana, I love you. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, no! Go fuck yourself.” full story

Leagues Should Condemn Law: College Sports writer Dick Weiss is calling on the NCAA, NFL, NBA and WNBA to condemn the state’s right to discriminate law full story

Meanwhile supporters of the law are growing more frustrated:

Rightwing Headlines Target Pence: Joe.My.God rounds up some of the angry headlines against Governor Pence’s call to “fix” the law. full story

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USA: Micah Clark, executive director of the Indiana branch of the American Family Association and one of the people who helped draft the law, said that Christians involved in “spiritual warfare” are the real victims in the state’s “right to discriminate” fight. full story

Pat Robertson is Pissed: The anti-gay commentator says “They’re not liberal, they’re totalitarian dictators!” full story

Pete LaBarbera Also Pissed: Anti-gay activist Peter LaBarbera is also pissed that the state appears to be backing down. full story

Christians Will Be Slaves: Bryan Fischer is bringing back the “gays are making slaves of Christians” argument. full story

Gingrich Invokes “Lynch Mob”: Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich slammed the opposition to the recently passed religious freedom bills in Indiana and Arkansas, calling resistance to the legislation is part of a liberal “lynch mob” mentality and is an example of “selective outrage.” full story

Fiorina Endorses Law: Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina defends Indiana’s “religious freedom” law, and also suggested she would support civil unions for gays and lesbians. full story

Ted Cruz Takes Up Religious Liberty Cry: Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says concerns about religious freedom could unite Republicans and rally conservative Democrats to the GOP in 2016. full story

Stossel Calls Gays Totalitarians: Fox Business’ John Stossel backs gay marriage too, but told Bill O’Reilly tonight, “This movement has moved from tolerance to totalitarianism. It’s the totalitarianism of the left.” full story

USA, Indiana: Memories Pizza, an anti-gay pizzeria in Walkerton, has temporarily closed its doors due to the backlash it has received since publicly stating they would not cater a same-sex couple’s wedding. full story

Pizzeria Gets $33K in Crowdfunding: But don’t feel too badly for them – online supporters donated more than $33,000 in three hours to Memories Pizza after the pie maker’s controversial pledge not to cater same-sex weddings spawned a wave of criticism. full story

Meanwhile the fight still rages over travel bans to the state:

NYC Bans Travel: In addition to the state, NYC’s Mayor Bill DeBlasio has also banned official travel to the state. full story

Illinois Governor Won’t Ban Travel: Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner will not be issuing a directive banning official travel to the state. full story

Minneapolis Firefighters Cancel Trip: Members of the Minneapolis Fire Department won’t make a planned trip for a conference in Indianapolis, after Mayor Betsy Hodges asked for a moratorium on city funded travel to Indiana. full story

Others are trying to poach the state’s businesses:

Dayton, Ohio Goes After State Businesses: Dayton officials are working to attract companies and individuals looking to leave Indiana because they oppose the new law, touting the southwestern Ohio city’s recognition for diversity and inclusiveness. full story

Virginia Wants Indiana Businesses: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe says his state would also welcome Indiana businesses. full story

Ontario Wants State Businesses, Too: Kathleen Wynne, Ontario’s openly lesbian premier, urged state businesses upset with the law to move to Canada’s most populous province. full story

And last, a little comedy:

Conan Spoofs State’s Homophobia: Conan O’Brien had a little fun at the state’s expense, inviting Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Czar” on the show for a spoof segment. full story

Cartoon Spoofs Governor: A new The Washington Blade cartoon spoofs the state and Governor. full story

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