Indiana Governor Wants to ‘Clarify’ Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law
In the face of widespread criticism over the so-called religious freedom bill he just signed, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) said late Saturday night he intended to work with his legislature to “clarify” the bill, though he did not specify how.
“I support religious liberty, and I support this law,” Pence told the Indianapolis Star. “But we are in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend to see if there’s a way to clarify the intent of the law.”
The bill, which would allow businesses to refuse service to LGBT customers over religious objections, has drawn backlash from public figures and threats of boycotts from corporations and major conventions, including Angie’s List, which nixed a deal to expand its headquarters in Indianapolis, and the NCAA.
However, Pence said the clarification would not include making gays and lesbians a protected class.
“Despite the irresponsible headlines that have appeared in the national media, this law is not about discrimination,” he said. “If it was, I would have vetoed it.”
Pence said he was surprised at the “hostility that’s been directed at our state.”
[h/t Indianapolis Star]
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