Indiana's Governor just signed the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" into law, which protects the free expression of religion. Translated, this means businesses will be able to discriminate against those who "offend" their religious beliefs. This is one of many proposed legislations sweeping the nation in an attempt to thwart court rulings against businesses that are not allowed to discriminate under current law.
It has also taken no time for the backlash to begin. Just this week there are boycotts called for and supported by the head of Salesforce, activist George Takei and the LGBT Athletic Organization. Protest are also arising from the National College Athletic Association.
Salesforce: Now that Gov. Pence has signed the bill into law, Mike Benioff, CEO of the Salesforce Marketing Cloud Division, says his company has no choice but to "dramatically reduce" its investment in Indiana.
George Takei: The out actor is "outraged that Gov. Pence would sign such a divisive measure into law," said Takei in a Facebook post today. "I will join many in demanding that socially responsible companies withdraw their business, conferences and support from his state and that LGBTs and our friends and supporters refuse to visit or do business with Indiana."
Members of the LGBT Sports Coalition have gone a step farther, calling for all sporting events which can be moved from Indiana to be relocated, according to OutSports.
"While we recognize the impossibility of Indiana-based schools and professional sports teams forgoing home games, we believe any sporting events that can be moved outside the state should be moved," said a statement from the association of organizations individuals dedicated to ending anti-LGBT bias in sports by 2016. "To host a major sporting event in the state, with legitimate venues available elsewhere, would put LGBT athletes, coaches, and fans in harm's way and lend support to the discrimination of LGBT people."
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