John M. Becker

BREAKING: Indiana Gov. Signs Odious Anti-LGBT Bill

Filed By John M. Becker | March 26, 2015 10:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Christianists, discrimination, Indiana, license to discriminate, Mike Pence, religious freedom, religious liberty, SB 101, special rights

mike-pence-indiana.jpgThis just in: Mike Pence, the far-right Republican governor of Indiana, has signed SB 101 -- a so-called "religious freedom" measure that sanctions religion-based discrimination against LGBT people and other minority groups -- into law less than an hour ago.

The Indianapolis Star reports:

Gov. Mike Pence signed the controversial "religious freedom" legislation in a private ceremony this morning.

Spokeswoman Kara Brooks said the event was closed to the press and the public. One source said a packed house gathered for the signing just before 10 a.m.

The govenor's [sic] office declined to immediately say who was in attendance. A large round of applause came from the governor's office at about 9:55 a.m.

The measure could allow business owners to refuse services to same-sex couples and has set off a firestorm of controversy.

The new law has the potential to cause serious economic harm to the state, as several major conventions have threatened to pull out in response to the maliciously discriminatory measure.

The ACLU of Indiana explains why this new law is so dangerous:

Anyone could claim exemption from state or local laws--including basic civil rights laws related to employment, housing, and public accommodations. And regardless of the legitimacy of those claims, our state and local governments - and potentially private businesses in our state - will have to expend resources digging into whether an individual's religious beliefs are "burdened," whether they are "sincerely held," and whether the law in question serves a "compelling governmental interest." There's no telling how long such lawsuits may take. Indeed, a case in Dallas, Texas, has been dragging on for seven years.

Shame on you, Indiana.

UPDATE: Governor Pence tweeted a photo of the closed-door signing ceremony. It's after the break.

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