Indiana 'Religious Freedom' Law Sparks Criticism Across the Country
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law Thursday, March 26. The law is said to allow businesses to refuse service citing religious reasons. The fear? Those in opposition to the law say this is legislated discrimination, and that it specifically targets the LGBTQ community. ABC'S George Stephanopoulos directly asked Pence if this law is discriminatory, and Pence dodged the question about seven times.
Missouri School of Journalism professors Amy Simons, Earnest Perry and Mike McKean discuss the issue on KBIA-FM's weekly media criticism program, "Views of the News."
Meanwhile, #BoycottIndiana is trending after the nation-wide negative reaction to Indiana's law.
"The economic backlash that Indiana is facing has caused them to rethink whether or not they really want to do this, and now they're trying to put a Band-Aid on it," said Perry.
Other states have similar "Religious Freedom" laws, but unlike some Indiana does not have a law in place to protect gay men and women from discrimination. However, Pence announced his demand for a revision to the law earlier this week, and Indiana lawmakers released the new language today.