A new law in Indiana would allow people and businesses to openly discriminate against gays (including lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders).
The new state law could allow business owners to refuse their services to LGBT people if they feel it substantially burdens’ their ability to follow their religious beliefs.
The bill was passed under the guise of protecting religious freedom.
In defending the bill, Republican Governor Mike Pence of Indiana said: “It’s about empowering people to confront government overreach”.
He equates Gay rights with government outreach. He then objects to the outreach by citing the ever unknown God or the corresponding religious freedom to find God. All the while a whole population of people around the Globe will carry on being stigmatized ( Similar to burning witches a few centuries ago), in the Present Time, In the Present World. The good folk like the governor are happy within their own skin, carrying on with religious freedom in their heads. The heart always does the balancing act at the end. If the U.S doesn’t lead the way, then who will?
The Independent reports:
The definition of a “person” includes religious institutions, businesses and associations. Opponents say it is discriminatory against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and is broader than other states’ religious freedom laws. Arkansas’s senate overwhelmingly approved a similar law a day later.
Governor Pence defended Indiana’s new law when he appeared on ABC TV’s “This Week”, but did not answer directly when asked six times whether it would be legal for a business to refuse to serve gay customers.
He instead said the law is “about empowering people to confront government overreach”.
The law has gained widespread opposition and on Saturday thousands of people marched through the state’s biggest city, Indianapolis, waving rainbow flags and signs stating “No hate in our state” and “I’m pretty sure God doesn’t hate anyone”.
Governor Pence’s spokeswoman Kara Brooks claimed that “this bill is not about discrimination, and does not in any way legalise discrimination in Indiana,” but the state is already facing severe backlash from businesses over the decision.
Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American business leaders, joined other executives in blasting the law on Friday, while business-rating website Angie’s List halted plans to expand its Indianapolis business over the law.
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