Indiana Gov. Signs Bill Allowing Businesses To Refuse Service To LGBT Citizens

This morning, in a secret ceremony which the press was not allowed to attend, Governor Mike Pence signed a controversial bill that would allow business owners to refuse service to gay people, if they consider it a “deeply held” religious belief.

The bill has been heavily criticized not only by LGBT groups and supporters, but also by the Republican Mayor of Indianapolis, who worries that this may make the whole country think that Indiana is weird and backwards. Several groups who hold conventions in Indiana said they will find other places to hold them– including, interestingly enough, the Disciples of Christ, and Indianapolis based Christian denomination who have said that they will not have their annual convention there if the bill passes. GenCon, a gaming conference that rakes in millions of dollars for the state, has said that they will not renew their contract to hold it there. The NCAA also criticized the bill, stating that they are “committed to an inclusive environment where all individuals enjoy equal access to events.”

It seems that pretty much no one wants to bring people into a state where businesses can refuse to serve them! Weird, I know.

In a statement released to the press, the governor stated “Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith. The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.”

Except that it is not. No one is saying that you cannot believe what you want to believe. Your “religious freedom” is not “under attack” because people who have nothing to do with you are getting married to people of the same sex. It’s not “under attack” because you have to follow the laws of this country.

Because certainly, if your religion broke other laws and perhaps involved human sacrifice, child molestation, robbing banks or something else definitely illegal, this bill would not protect that. If your religion said that you could not serve black people, this bill would not protect that either. No, this just protects the “rights” of assholes with bakeries to not have to make gay wedding cakes or rainbow cookies for Coming Out Day.

Literally, we are dealing with adults whose biggest problem is that they have to share their cookies with the whole class and not just the popular kids. That is not religion, that is fifth grade. I must say, if you are a grown person who can only feel good about yourself if you don’t let someone sit at your lunch table, you have issues that this bill is never going to solve. Hopefully, this bill and others like it will soon be overturned by the Supreme Court, and then we will all have a good laugh at Governor Pence.