Mike Pence Asks for New Legislation

Mike Pence Asks for New Legislation March 31, 2015

For those who may have missed it, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence just asked for legislation to be created and to reach his desk by the end of the week “clarifying” that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not allow businesses to refuse services to anyone. He answered a question afterwards, saying that the law does not give anyone a license to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples, although he also said that he has never supported making gays and lesbians a protected category. He called it a “smear” that this law creates license to discriminate. He says that the appropriate response is to write new legislation making clear that this law does not do that. He says that he abhors discrimination.

Whether you consider it a “fix” or a “clarification,” perhaps it was worth having the misguided RFRA pass, if it also results in Indiana introducing new protections for LGBTQ people that they have been denied in Indiana legislation in the past. But perhaps the fix will just be something else problematic. What do you think?

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