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March 26, 2015

Indiana Governor To Sign Law Permitting Businesses To Discriminate Against Westboro Baptist Church, Churches That Refuse To Perform Gay Marriages

That isnít, of course, the way that the law is being presented by liberals.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is set to sign into law a measure that allows businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of "religious freedom."

The move comes as Pence considers a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination -- and just a year after Pence and socially conservative lawmakers lost their first policy battle against gay Hoosiers. In 2014 they had sought to amend Indiana's constitution to ban same-sex marriages -- but were beaten back by a highly-organized coalition of Democrats, traditionally right-leaning business organizations and fiscally focused supporters of Pence's predecessor, former GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels.

This year, though, the Republican-dominated state House and Senate both approved the "religious freedom" bill, and Pence plans to sign it into law in a private ceremony Thursday, his spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday afternoon.

Now the big concern is that some small number of business owners might choose to not bake a wedding cake for a gay wedding or might refuse to print shirts for a gay pride festival because doing so would be sinful according to their religious beliefs. What no one talks about is that this law is also a tool for allowing folks whose religious beliefs are different to do follow their beliefs. For example, why should a person who believes that God loves everyone regardless of sexual orientation be required to produce ďGod Hates FagsĒ signs for Westboro Baptist Church if they roll into town for a protest? Why should someone whose religion accepts gay marriage be required to do business with a church that does not bless such unions if they believe that doing so promotes sinful beliefs? And why should a floral wholesaler be required to provide flowers for a florist who refuses to do arrangements for gay weddings?

Thatís the thing about religious freedom, you see Ė either everyone has it or no one does.

H/T Gay Patriot





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