Amidst an avalanche of criticism, dire consequences and warnings coming from its opponents, Gov. Mike Pence joined 19 other states and the federal government in enacting the state's own Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Here's the statement he issued after signing SB 101 into law:
“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.
“Fortunately, in the 1990s Congress passed, and President Clinton signed, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act—limiting government action that would infringe upon religion to only those that did not substantially burden free exercise of religion absent a compelling state interest and in the least restrictive means.
“Last year the Supreme Court of the United States upheld religious liberty in the Hobby Lobby case based on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but that act does not apply to individual states or local government action. At present, nineteen states—including our neighbors in Illinois and Kentucky—have adopted Religious Freedom Restoration statutes. And in eleven additional states, the courts have interpreted their constitutions to provide a heightened standard for reviewing government action.
“In order to ensure that religious liberty is fully protected under Indiana law, this year our General Assembly joined those 30 states and the federal government to enshrine these principles in Indiana law, and I fully support that action.
“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.”It will be interesting to watch and see what the organizations threatening to boycott Indianapolis as a convention city will do now since they can't hardly pick one of the 19 other states to move their conventions and trade shows if they are being true to their word.
UPDATE: Even Miley Virus is raging against Gov. Pence. It's a full frontal Illuminati assault!
You're an asshole @govpenceIN ✌️-1 cc: the only place that has more idiots that Instagram is in politics@braisoncwukong thank you for standing up for what is right! We need more strong heterosexual men fighting for equality in both men and women! Why are the macho afraid to love muchoooo?!?
It looks like Gen Con isn't going anywhere despite all of the table pounding before Gov. Pence signed SB 1 into law. Let's face it, what city in in this country is going to take care of the leaders of these organizations who make the decisions about where to host a convention better than the thick wallet Indianapolis gives to Visit Indy to take care of these folks to make sure they keep coming back year after year? The only other city that "entertains" these decision-makers as lavishly as Indianapolis is Chicago. Sorry, Illinois enacted RFRA quite a few years ago. In fact, a man in the State Senate by the name of Barack Obama voted for it.