If Indiana's so-called "religious freedom" law goes down, you can thank Corporate America for killing it. Mike Pence said on Tuesday that he would seek to amend the law to ensure that businesses can't discriminate against anyone. Pence vehemently denied accusations that the law would allow businesses to refuse service to gay customers, but said he would nevertheless support changes to the law in order to clear the air. Neither Pence nor GOP leaders in the legislature have detailed what the amendment will say.
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That is a very big deal that will reshape this crucial cultural cause, and perhaps others, for years to come. Like 27 other states, Indiana and Arkansas have no general laws banning discrimination against gay people in private employment or so-called public accommodations, although some cities in Indiana do have local ordinances to that effect. This week, Republican legislatures in both states enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act RFRA laws, which — among many other impacts in areas of the law unrelated to discrimination — might someday be invoked by florists, photographers or caterers reluctant on religious grounds to participate in a gay marriage celebration. A national outcry ensued, fed by cable news and social media, and late this week both Indiana Gov.
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What began 20 years ago as a bipartisan drive to protect the rights of people to follow their faith against an overbearing government erupted this week into a divisive dispute over gay rights and religious freedom. And the fracture can be traced back to two recent moves by the Supreme Court that set up an unusual legal crosscurrent between liberals and conservatives. By overturning a key provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in , the court set in motion a string of rulings across the nation that voided state laws banning same-sex marriage. By this June, a majority of justices is widely expected to legalize gay marriage nationwide. At the same time, the Supreme Court ruled in another case last year that the family owners of the Hobby Lobby craft-store chain had a religious-liberty right to refuse to offer contraception coverage for its employees.
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