Indiana Gov. Mike Pence “Looks Forward” To Signing Right-To-Discriminate Bill

“The legislation is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact."

Indiana Governor Mike Pence is pulling out his favorite pen, ready to sign into law a bill that allows individuals and businesses to discriminate under the guise of  “religious freedom.”

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“The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact,” said Pence in a statement. “I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue.”

Pence added that he “[looks] forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.”

Senate Bill 101 was approved 63-31 in the Indiana House, following a disturbing trend in 19 other states which have adopted similar right-to-discriminate laws.

Lambda Legal is concerned such broadly written measures could have serious implications, and not just for the LGBT community.

Once the governor signs this bill into law, women, racial minorities, religious minorities, people living with HIV and many others will be much more vulnerable to the whims of any individual or business owner who refuses services to particular groups of people based on religious objections to who those people are.

Freedom Indiana delivered more than 10,000 petitions to the governor’s office opposing SB 101.