Today Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a measure that allows businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.” The signing made Indiana the first state to enact the Jim Crow-esqe like law.
Pence who cowardly signed the bill into law it in a private ceremony in his office Thursday explained his decision to sign by stating that “The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action,”and that the law “ensures “religious liberty is fully protected under Indiana law.”
And Indiana is just the beginning eighteen others have similar measures on the books,
THIS MUST BE STOPPED NOW. INDIANA MUST BE MADE AN EXAMPLE AS TO STOP OTHERS STATES.
Back2Stonewall.com fully supports and asks that everyone #BoycottIndiana. We also ask that everyone do your bit to promote this boycott. Contact sports teams, businesses, upcoming conventions, musical acts, anything that produces revenue for the state. Ask them to cancel events and threaten the Governors and his GOP legislation that they will move and take their taxes with them. The only thing the GOP loves more than GOD is money. So let’s hit em where it hurts. And show thatm that hatred and bigotry WILL NOT be tolerated in any form.
Read Pence’s full
of shit speech below:
Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith. The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action. One need look no further than the recent litigation concerning the Affordable Care Act. A private business and our own University of Notre Dame had to file lawsuits challenging provisions that required them to offer insurance coverage in violation of their religious views. [snip]
This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it. In fact, it does not even apply to disputes between private parties unless government action is involved. For more than twenty years, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never undermined our nation’s anti-discrimination laws, and it will not in Indiana. Indiana is rightly celebrated for the hospitality, generosity, tolerance, and values of our people, and that will never change. Faith and religion are important values to millions of Hoosiers and with the passage of this legislation, we ensure that Indiana will continue to be a place where we respect freedom of religion and make certain that government action will always be subject to the highest level of scrutiny that respects the religious beliefs of every Hoosier of every faith.”