INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Indiana is a great place to be a bigot, if you`re into The Religious Freedom Restoration Act and discrimination against the LGBT community. The bill signed by Indiana’s Governor Mike Pence is getting a lot of backlash.
Connecticut banned state-funded travel there? Indiana-based Angies-List cancelled a $40 million dollar headquarters expansion, that would`ve created one thousand jobs.
Arkansas's similar bill, “The Conscience Protection Act,” also allows business owners to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Nineteen other states like New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas have passed a religious reform bill modeled after President Bill Clinton`s federal law in 1993, which allowed businesses the right to refuse service based on religious beliefs.
What exactly is the difference? Indiana and Arkansas’ bills give the right of private individuals to use the "religious exemption" as a defense in court. In Texas, amendments to the Texas bill have been presented and turned down.