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Indiana Governor Signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN)  signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last week.

Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last week.

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Michael Conroy - AP

Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last week.

Isabel Molina, Writing Editor

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Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last week allowing private businesses to deny service to LGBTQ people.

Many celebrities and politicians have expressed discontent over this new law.  LGBTQ actor and activist George Takei has called for a boycott of Indiana.  Many states as well have decided to boycott Indiana.

“On the surface, the proposed law seemed like a neutral way to protect the First Amendment rights of business owners,” Takei said.  “But beneath that surface lurked a dangerous and divisive effect, granting hotels, bars and restaurants the right to refuse to serve LGBT persons and couples such as Brad and me, simply because our love did not comport with the religious views of the owners.”

 

Singer and Actress Miley Cyrus speaks out against the RFRA.

via Miley Cyrus’ instagram
Singer and Actress Miley Cyrus speaks out against the RFRA.

States such as Connecticut have decided to boycott Indiana.  Governor Dan Malloy (D-CN) plans on signing an executive order regarding state-funded travel.

Governor Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) wrote in a letter to the Indianapolis Star about the RFRA, claiming it was discriminatory.

“In Virginia, we do not discriminate against our friends and neighbors, particularly those who are supporting local businesses and generating economic activity,” McAuliffe says.

Pence plans on reforming the law.

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