Politics: Indiana Governor Passes New Law

Mike Pence, Indiana’s Republican governor, recently signed a piece of legislation, The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which is designed to protect religious liberties that critics say may enable discrimination in the state. The new act will allow corporations and individuals to cite religious beliefs in private legislation. “This is not about discrimination,” Pence said, adding that tolerance is “a two-way street” and that there had been a lot of “shameless rhetoric” against the state law.  Pence continued to clarify that he does not plan to alter the law, “if the general assembly in Indiana sends me a bill that adds a section that reiterates and amplifies and clarifies what the law really is and what it has been for the last 20 years, then I’m open to that,” the governor said. “But we’re — we’re not going to change this law.”

Contributor: Phoebe Roe



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