Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed an amendment to the state's recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act Thursday in response to critics who claimed the bill authorized anti-gay discrimination. RFRA, however, is not an "anti-gay" bill and the proposed "fix" illustrates why the critics' arguments were false in the first place.
The change to Indiana's RFRA says that the law does not "authorize a provider to refuse to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accomodations, goods, employment, or housing to any member or members of the general public on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or United States military service." Further, it states that RFRA cannot be used as a defense from "civil action or criminal prosecution" for a provider who refuses the above. Churches, religious leaders and religious nonprofits are exempted.
As The Christian Post pointed out after passage of the Indiana RFRA, the law is not anti-gay. It provides religious freedom protections for all faiths, and does not single out (or even mention) gays in any way. more >>
A high school golf coach in Indiana has been suspended after she threatened to burn down a local pizzeria when she heard its Christian owners say earlier this week that they'd refuse to cater gay weddings if asked to do so. The pizza shop has temporarily closed amid safety concerns after its owners received death threats this week.
After Gov. Mike Pence signed into law Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act last Thursday, the O'Connor family, which has owned Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Indiana, for over nine years, told a local ABC television news reporter on Tuesday that they agree with the new law and believe that it doesn't discriminate against homosexauls, as some claim.
Crystal O'Connor added that should a gay couple come in and want the pizzeria to cater their wedding, the restaurant would refuse to provide services for the event. more >>
Abortion rights activists are outraged after a 33-year-old married Indiana woman who got pregnant as a result of an affair with her co-worker was sentenced to 20 years in prison Monday on charges of feticide — the act of causing the death of a pre-born baby — and the neglect of a dependent.
The woman, Purvi Patel, 33, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for the neglect charge, but 10 of those were suspended, according to WNCN. Patel, who also became the first woman in the U.S. to be charged, convicted and sentenced for feticide, will serve an additional six years in prison for that crime. Both sentences are expected to be served concurrently.
"What this conviction means is that anti-abortion laws will be used to punish pregnant women," Lynn Paltrow, executive director for the so-called National Advocates for Pregnant Women, an abortion advocacy organization, told WNCN. more >>
Liberals are casting a cautiously optimistic eye toward Indiana after Governor Mike Pence stated that an effort will be made to clarify the implementation of the Hoosier state's religious freedom law.
In response to criticism over Indiana's recently passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Governor Pence announced his plans to make sure the law clearly states that gays will not be discriminated against.
While many conservatives expressed disappointment with Pence's remarks, groups like Americans United for Separation of Church and State approved of the possible adjustments. more >>
A religious freedom bill signed into law by Indiana Republican Gov. Mike Pence Thursday is being characterized by major media outlets as a codification of anti-gay discrimination. They are wrong. Here is why.
Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a state-level version of the federal RFRA. To understand what RFRA does, it helps to first understand how the law came about.
History of RFRA more >>
An Indiana bakery, 111 Cakery, that drew protests last year after the business' Christian owners declined a request from a gay man to make a cake for his same-sex wedding, has decided to close shop for good.
"We have decided not to renew our lease so we are now closed. We want to thank everyone for your patronage, support and friendship. It has been a true pleasure to serve you. Eph 2:8," notes a message on the bakery's website.
Randy McGath, 48, who co-own's the bakery, told USA Today that the business was still profitable but his wife, Trish, 45, who did most of the baking, wanted to spend more time with their four grandchildren. more >>