Gov. Pence signs the Religious Freedom law on Thursday in a private ceremony. the administration released photos of the event, but refused to identify who attended.
Friday, March 27, 2015 10:02 AM
By BRIAN A. HOWEY
- In the wake of Gov. Mike Pence’s signing the Religious Freedom law on
Thursday, the reaction across Indiana and nationally for a state
obsessed with an image as an “open for business” jobs creator has been
nothing less than disastrous. Look no further than the business magazine Forbes
which featured a headline on its homepage: “Salesforces.com makes a
stand against bigotry.” Beyond the headline, CEO Scott McCorkle
explained, “Our success is fundamentally based on our ability to attract
and retain the best and most diverse pool of highly skilled employees,
regardless of gender, religious affiliation, ethnicity or sexual
orientation." More potentially devastating, McCorkle called on the rest
of the tech industry to take a stand against the Indiana government's
Just blocks west of the Indiana Statehouse, NCAA
President Mark Emmert said the organization that was a huge economic
development prize when it relocated to Indianapolis would reassess
future Indianapolis events as well as whether it could conduct business
here. "We will work diligently to assure student-athletes competing in,
and visitors attending, next week's Men's Final Four in Indianapolis are
not impacted negatively by this bill,” Emmert said. "Moving forward, we
intend to closely examine the implications of this bill and how it
might affect future events as well as our workforce."
Indiana, headlines featured dozens of business leaders questioning the
law and its impact. “Local business leaders stick it to religious
freedom law” was the headline in the Lafayette Journal & Courier. In the Muncie Star Press,
the headline read “Frustration surrounds ‘religious freedom’ law.” That
article quoted Ball State University conservative economist and
columnist Michael Hicks saying, “This is much smoke for little fire,
though it does little to counter the misperception that Indiana is a
backwoods, provincial place.” The NWI Times’ lead noted that “critics in Northwest Indiana and across the nation claim is a license to discriminate.” The Chicago Tribune’s headline was “Businesses fear costly backlash from Indiana's religious freedom law.”
bill was signed by Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday in a private ceremony
that drew considerable criticism, with the administration later
releasing photos, but refused to identify who was in attendance. The
reaction has Gov. Pence and legislative Republicans on their heels.
"There has been a lot of misunderstanding about this bill," Pence said.
"This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized
discrimination in any way I would've vetoed it."