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Indiana Governor Mike Pence to Seek Legislative Clarification That 'Religious Liberty' Law Won't Allow Discrimination

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act has put Governor Mike Pence, who signed it into law this week after several statements that he was "looking forward" to doing so, is today searching for answers after the bill created "the worst crisis of his political career," according to the Indy Star.

PenceThe paper reports that he'll seek to "clarify" that the law does not allow for discrimination against gay people:

“I support religious liberty, and I support this law,” Pence said in an exclusive interview. “But we are in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend to see if there’s a way to clarify the intent of the law.”

The governor, although not ready to provide details on what the new bill will say, said he expects the legislation to be introduced into the General Assembly this coming week.

Asked if that legislation might include making gay and lesbian Hoosiers a protected legal class, Pence said, “That’s not on my agenda.”

Among those who have come out publicly against the bill: the White House, the NCAA, global cloud computing company Salesforce, Yelp, George Takei, Audra McDonald, and many, many more....

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Indiana statehouse on Saturday to protest the new law.


Broadway Star Audra McDonald Tears Indiana Gov. Mike Pence a New One for Signing Discriminatory 'Religious Freedom' Bill

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Add six time Tony Award-winning actress Audra McDonald to the list of big names who are pissed off at Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for singing a bill allowing businesses to discriminate against people on religious grounds.

 You tell him Audra!

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Sean Hayes and His Husband Scott Knew You Were 'Trouble': VIDEO

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Sean Hayes and his husband Scott Icenogle channeled their inner Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Hudson in a bit of lip-dubbing this week on Facebook.

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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. 

[h/t joe.my.god]

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Homophobic Washington Florist Barronelle Stutzman Fined for Discriminating Against Gay Customer

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Richland, Washington florist Barronelle Stutzman has been fined $1000 plus $1 for court costs and fees for her refusal back in 2013 to provide flowers for a longtime customer's wedding to his same-sex partner because of her "relationship with Jesus Christ."

The Associated Press reports:

In a February ruling, [Benton County Superior Judge Alexander] Ekstrom found that Stutzman's refusal to provide flowers because of sexual orientation violated Washington's anti-discrimination and consumer protection laws. Along with the fine, the judge's ruling also requires that everything Arlene's Flowers sells to opposite-sex couples has to be available at the same price to same-sex couples.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson, whose office requested the fine, said in a statement Friday that the ruling is a reminder of the reach of Washington's anti-discrimination laws.

"My primary goal has always been to end illegal discrimination," Ferguson said. "I'm pleased that today's ruling clearly prohibits discrimination against same-sex couples."

Last month, we reported Stutzman had rejected a settlement offer in the case and said taking the offer would have been like Judas betraying Jesus.


The Gays Are Free to Discriminate Against Christians in Hilarious 'Religious Freedom' Parody Video

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Sorry, but the Church of Harvey Fierstein has a strict "No Christians" policy.

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