Visit Indiana - But Please No Gays! Honest To Goodness
Governor Mike Pence, Indiana
Honest to Goodness is the travel and tourism slogan for the U.S. State of Indiana. In February 2012 the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana hosted Superbowl. Travel, tourism,and events are income earners to the State demonstrating openness and diversity.
Today there is not much left of this diversity. A sign at the entrance of a restaurant in the U.S. State of Indiana says: No service for gays.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act has put Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who signed it into law this week after several statements that he was "looking forward" to doing so, is today searching for answers after the bill created "the worst crisis of his political career," according to the Indy Star.
In response to this law, the major of Seattle, Washington posted on his Facebook this afternoon:
"Indiana's S.B. 101 doesn't reflect the values of the City of Seattle. Seattle has been a leader in the fight to protect civil rights and ensure equality for all people - no matter who you are, or who you love. This is why I am ordering that none of our taxpayer dollars should go toward supporting this discriminatory law. To those in Indiana today who are working hard in the fight for equality - know that Seattle stands with you as you continue your efforts to end discrimination and protect civil rights for everyone."
Now the Indiana Governor wants to clarify the law he just signed allowing discrimination in his State.
“I support religious liberty, and I support this law,” Pence said in an exclusive interview. “But we are in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend to introduce another bill to see if there’s a way to clarify the intent of the law.”
The governor, although not ready to provide details on what the new bill will say, said he expects the legislation to be introduced into the General Assembly this coming week.
Asked if that legislation might include making gay and lesbian Hoosiers a protected legal class, Pence said, “That’s not on my agenda.”
Among those who have come out publicly against the bill: the White House, the NCAA, global cloud computing company Salesforce, Yelp, George Takei, Audra McDonald, and many, many more....
Hundreds of people gathered outside the Indiana statehouse on Saturday to protest the new law.