“We’re not going to change the law,” Indiana’s religious freedom act passes in light of criticism
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – All eyes are on Indiana as lawmakers are facing a massive backlash against the state’s new ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Law.’
“We’re not going to change the law, okay?” Gov. Mike Pence said.
Critics say the bill legalizes discrimination against homosexuals.
However, Gov. Pence says opposition to the law is “shameless rhetoric,” but added that there may be room for clarification.
Pence and other supporters say there are similar laws protecting religious freedom in other states.
Opponents argue that Indiana is getting more attention because it does not have a statewide nondiscrimination law that protects people of all sexual orientations.
Critics say that could allow businesses to deny services to gay people.
In response, some businesses are displaying signs declaring that they welcome everyone.
The Final Four is set for next weekend in the state, but NCAA officials say that may change in the future.
The NCAA issued a statement, promising to “examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events.”
Oklahoma lawmakers are considering a similar bill.