Pence Says ‘Religious Freedom’ Law ‘Won’t Change’
[su_right_ad]Tone deaf to the direction of the country, and even to business interests, Indiana Governor Mike Pence is doubling down on the “Religious Freedom” law he signed.
Pence said that the issue had been turned into “shameless rhetoric” and that the law is about strengthening the foundation of First Amendment rights rather than discrimination. He did not answer repeated questions about whether the law would allow business owners to discriminate against gay or lesbian individuals.
Pence, a Republican, signed the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act into Indiana law Thursday. The law intends to prevent the government from infringing on individual’s religious beliefs, Pence said, but opponents say the law allows business owners to use religion as a reason to legally discriminate against members of the LGBT community.