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Indiana Restaurant Owner Calls in to Radio Station Proudly Saying He'll Refuse to Serve Gay Customers: LISTEN

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Warning: this might just ruin your Saturday morning.

Indianapolis morning radio show Kyle & Rachel was busy fielding caller comments on the state's discriminatory "religious freedom" bill yesterday when a local bigot decided to call in and voice his support for the state's new law.

Listen to Ryan, who says he owns a local restaurant and has discriminated against gay customers in the past, casually explain why he's looking forward to his new "license to discriminate" AFTER THE JUMP... (warning: autoplay)

In related news, former NBA star Charles Barkley has called on the NCAA to move its March Madness Final Four tournament out of Indiana over the new law. 

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White House Voices Concerns Over Indiana’s Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Law

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The White House voiced concerns today over the passage of Indiana’s religious freedom law that could potentially allow discrimination against LGBT people reports Metro Weekly. White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed into law yesterday by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence raises legitimate concerns for companies considering doing business in the state and is a step backward for all Americans.

Said Earnest:

"I have seen that there are a number of private businesses and nonprofit organizations that have said that the signing of this law prompts them to reconsider doing business in the state of Indiana. All those business and some of those who are considering having conventions in Indiana have raised concerns about whether all of their employees can count on being treated fairly in Indiana. 

"I think that is a testament to the kind of reaction I think a lot of people all across the country had, which is that the signing of the bill doesn’t seem like it’s a step in the direction of equality and justice and liberty for all Americans. Again, that’s not just the view of the administration, I know that’s the view of the Republican mayor of Indianapolis and a whole host of nonprofit and private sector companies who have legitimate concerns about the impact of this legislation."

Earnest added that he hasn’t spoken to President Obama directly regarding Indiana’s new law, or the "Kill the gays," ballot initiative that California Attorney General Kamala Harris is currently fighting.

 


Indianapolis Mayor Blasts Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Bill

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is slamming the "religious liberty" legislation passed by the state House and Senate that Governor Mike Pence has said he is "looking forward" to signing into law.

Said Ballard in a statement: Ballard

"Indianapolis strives to be a welcoming place that attracts businesses, conventions, visitors and residents. We are a diverse city, and I want everyone who visits and lives in Indy to feel comfortable here."

The Indy Star adds:

Meanwhile, two big names in Indiana Republican political circles are staying silent on Senate Bill 101, which could provide legal protection for business owners who don't want to provide services for same-sex couples.

Press officers for former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar say both men declined to comment on the measure.

Daniels vowed when he became Purdue University's president to stay away from political issues.

On Tuesday, Gen Con, the massive gaming convention held annually in Indianapolis, said they would pull out and move elsewhere if Pence signs the bill.


Indianapolis Bakery That Refused to Make Cake for Gay Couple Has Gone Out of Business

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111 Cakery, an Indianapolis bakery that made headlines last year for refusing to make a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony because the owners claimed it was a "commitment to sin," has now closed its doors, The Indianapolis Star reports:

One elevenThe 111 Cakery was still profitable, said co-owner Randy McGath, but McGath's 45-year-old wife, Trish, who did most of the baking, wanted more time to spend with the couple's four grandchildren. The business "was wearing her out," her husband said. She has been taking a break from working since Dec. 31, when the bakery went out of business, he said. [...]

The flap led to just a single picketer urging a bakery boycott, but many nearby residents were on his side. The bakery was at the intersection of 16th and Talbott streets, a hub of gay culture for decades. At least three long-established gay bars are just blocks away.

Other people, however, seemed to applaud the bakery's stand, traveling long distances for pastries. "We had people from all over, from Brownsburg and Lafayette," McGath, 48, said.

An ensuing sales spike lasted three or four months. After that the long-distance business seemed to cool, but McGath insisted sales never dipped below their pre-flap levels.

Businesses in Indiana can lawfully discriminate against and refuse to do business with individuals because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.


15 Years After Landmark Ruling In Favor Of Gay Straight Alliances, School Districts Continue To Deny Them

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Fifteen years after a landmark federal court ruling upholding the right of students to form Gay Straight Alliance clubs at public schools, some districts continue to violate the law by refusing to recognize GSAs.  

The American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against a school district in Bainbridge, Indiana — 35 miles west of Indianapolis — on behalf of three students and the GSA at North Putnam High School. 

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The students formed the GSA at North Putnam more than a year ago, but after months of stalling, the school board voted Nov. 20 not to recognize the club. 

The ACLU alleges the district's failure to recognize the GSA violates both the federal Equal Access Act and the students' First Amendment rights: 

LGBT students at the school have frequently been harassed and wanted to form the GSA to provide a place to educate the community and support vulnerable students. The school, which allows other non-school-sponsored clubs and activities to meet, such as the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club and Best Buddies, has denied recognition of the GSA club for more than a year. The students followed all the school's required procedures outlined in its student handbook to establish the club, including securing a faculty member to supervise the group. ... 

"The law is clear in this matter," said Ken Falk, ACLU of Indiana legal director. "There is no excuse for the school district's intransigence, which is causing real harm to its students."

The ACLU of Indiana was successful in reversing a similar decision by a school in the Town of Munster in July, 2014.

"The actions of the school district in clear violation of federal law leave the most vulnerable students at North Putnam without critically needed support," Chase Strangio, Staff Attorney at the ACLU added.

In November 1999, a federal judge ruled that the Salt Lake City school district's decision to reject a GSA at East High School violated the federal Equal Access Act. The Salt Lake district said it was banning all non-curricular clubs to get around the Equal Access Act, but continued to allow other clubs to meet. 

From Lambda Legal, which served as lead counsel in the Salt Lake City lawsuit: 

This case more than any other put the issue of GSAs on the nation's radar, letting students know they could fight back and letting school districts know they might be in violation of the law.

Apparently, some districts still haven't gotten the message. 

Read the ACLU's lawsuit, and watch U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's video in support of GSAs from 2012, AFTER THE JUMP ... 

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Indianapolis Bakery Refuses to Make Cake for Gay Couple: VIDEO

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111 Cakery, an Indianapolis baker that "has always done business based on their Christian faith" according to FOX59 News, is refusing to make a cake for a gay couple's commitment ceremony.

111cakeryIn doing so they have stepped right into the nationwide debate about anti-gay "religious freedom" legislative initiatives that have sprung from these types of incidents around the country.

Mike Stephens and Shane Laney approached the owners about getting a pastry:

“[The owner] said, ‘We don’t do that. If I can help you with anything else, but we don’t discriminate.’ That was the end of it,” he said. “It’s disappointing.”

Said the baker Randy McGath:

“As artists, we have to find inspiration to create something special for our clients. When asked to do a cake for an occasion or with a theme that’s in opposition with our faith? It’s just hard for us. We struggle with that...There is zero hate here. This causes us to do a lot of soul searching. Why are we doing what we do? We want to show the love of Christ. We want to be right with our God, but we also want to show kindness and respect to other people.

Watch FOX59's report (autoplay), AFTER THE JUMP...

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