Posts tagged "indiana"

Conservatives Defend “Religious Freedom” Laws By Feigning Ignorance

The response to Indiana's "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" was so overwhelmingly negative that Gov. Mike Pence backed down and amended the legislation to make it clear that it was not meant to be used as an excuse to discriminate against people over their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, many other conservatives--including some rumored to…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / April 8, 2015

Indiana Pizzeria Owners In Hiding After Anti-Gay Comments

Indiana's new Religious Freedom Restoration Act has thankfully been amended to specify that discrimination will not be protected, but the damage has been done. That pizzeria-owning couple, Kevin and Crystal O'Conners -- who vowed, "If a gay couple came in and wanted us to provide pizzas for their wedding, we would have to say no”…

By: Katrin Higher / April 4, 2015

Indiana Sentences Purvi Patel To 30 Years In Prison For A Miscarriage

Plus, find out the woman responsible for making Vice suddenly great.

By: Rebecca Vipond Brink / April 1, 2015

Just Look At This Asshole: Chintzy Indiana Pizzeria Thrilled To Not Make Pizza For Gay Weddings

Although we're at the point where even freaking NASCAR is denouncing the state of Indiana for their crap "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," and pretty much everyone in the known universe thinks it's the worst, there are those that are excited about the thrilling possibilities it will bring to their lives. One such place is "Memories Pizza"…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / April 1, 2015

The Indianapolis Star Comes Out Against Indiana’s Anti-Gay “Religious Freedom Law” With Powerful Frontpage Editorial

The Indianapolis Star has taken a strong stance on Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act with today's front page editorial which declares in bold letters "FIX THIS NOW." The editorial from the state's leading newspapers calls not for a repeal, which the paper says would be "unacceptable" to Governor Mike Pence and his fellow Republican lawmakers,…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / March 31, 2015

Indiana May Have Accidentally Legalized Pot With Anti-LGBT Bill

The bigot-friendly bill may have some unintended side-effects.

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 30, 2015

Broadway Legend Audra McDonald Throws Down On Indiana’s Anti-LGBT Bullshit

The always glorious Audra McDonald had some words yesterday for Indiana Governor Mike Pence, who had just signed a bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT citizens. You know, because there are grown ass adults out there whose biggest problem is having to share their cookies with people they don't like. McDonald aptly compared the…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 27, 2015

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…

By: Robyn Pennacchia / March 26, 2015

Marriage Equality Emerges Victorious In Wisconsin & Indiana

A three-judge appeals court in Chicago, Illinois unanimously ruled yesterday that the same-sex marriage bans in Wisconsin and Indiana are unconstitutional. [AP] Following the Supreme Court's ruling that said buffer zones outside abortion clinics violated the free speech rights of anti-abortion protesters, San Francisco is considering new ways to protect staff and patients at its facilities.

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 5, 2014

14-Year-Old Pregnant Rape Victim Slutshamed By Indiana Community

This whole story is horrific: A 13-year-old girl in Ellwood, Indiana, was raped by a 17-year-old and became pregnant. She decided to carry the pregnancy to term because she is against abortion. Now her community has been slutshaming the teen over her traumatic rape and subsequent teen pregnancy, with people writing "slut" and "whore" o…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 11, 2013

Man Vandalizes Indiana Planned Parenthood With An Ax

A 27-year-old man vandalized the Planned Parenthood clinic in Bloomington, Indiana, with an ax and splashed the clinic with red paint this morning. According to police, he targeted Planned Parenthood "due to abortions being performed there. He stated his intent was to damage the building because they ‘kill’ and ‘murder’ babies. He attributed his actio…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 11, 2013

Indiana Advances Bill Requiring 2 Transvaginal Ultrasounds Before & After Abortion, Then Changes It

Indiana's state Senate advanced a bill requiring a woman to get two transvaginal ultrasounds before taking the RU-486 abortion pill, one before and one afterwards. Fortunately, today they dropped that language, saying doctors should perform "appropriate testing" on women two weeks after the abortion pill is taken. Which could mean urine testing ... or a…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 25, 2013

Pervy Pastor Photographed Himself With A Teen Girl, Had Sex With Her

What would Jesus do? Not photograph himself making out with a teenage girl almost 40 years younger than him, that's for sure. Megachurch pastor Jack Schaap from First Baptist Church in Hammond, Indiana, took cell phone photos of himself making out with a 17-year-old girl who is a member of his congregation. Last night, churchgoer…

By: Jessica Wakeman / August 2, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Indiana Cuts Funding To Planned Parenthood

Millions in funding for Planned Parenthood clinics in Indiana has been cut off after Governor Mitch Daniels signed a bill yesterday, affecting services like STD testing, birth control, and cancer screenings via Pap smears. Indiana has become the first state in the U.S. to cut funding from PP clinics — the new pet project of…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 11, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Indiana Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood

Indiana's state legislature voted yesterday to defund Planned Parenthood from roughly $3 million in family planning money. The state receives the funding from Title X, which allocates federal funds to family planning clinics, and uses it in eight of Indiana's 28 Planned Parenthoods in the state. Conservatives are upset that Planned Parenthood clinics get federal…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 28, 2011

Today’s Lady News: Indiana Removes Breast Cancer BS From Abortion Bill

Thank God, an Indiana state Senate committee has removed a provision from an anti-abortion bill that required women seeking abortions be told that terminating a pregnancy increased their risk for breast cancer. A link between abortion and breast cancer is completely medically unproven but continues to be spouted by anti-abortion extremists as fact. [IndyStar.com] A…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 14, 2011