New Indiana Religious Freedom Bill a License to Discriminate, Say Opponents

Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, which models federal legislation meant to protect businesses from being forced to provide services they object to based on religious grounds.
1:36 | 03/27/15

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Transcript for New Indiana Religious Freedom Bill a License to Discriminate, Say Opponents
This bill is not about discrimination. If I thought it was about discrimination I would have beaten. With a crowd of supporters by his side but no media in the room governor Penn sign the religious freedom act into line during a private ceremony. The statue brings Indiana in line with nineteen other states this is just aren't good faith effort in Indiana. To ensure that hoosiers have. The same religious protections in our state laws than a majority of other states. The governor pointed to recent lawsuits in which the University of Notre Dame challenged a mandate under the Affordable Care Act requiring the school to offer insurance coverage in violation of its religious beliefs. Over and over again he stressed the argument that the law could allow discrimination. It's a misunderstanding. Let me say again. This legislation restricts government action. It doesn't apply to disputes between private parties. Unless government action is involved. The governor says refresh has never been used to overturn in anti discrimination law. But when pressed if he's concerned about whether it could be used to turn someone away from a business. The governor sadness. It's a question for the judiciary. Democratic leaders at the state house who tried to convince the governor not to sign a law say today's move is a step back for Indiana. I said on. Or the house at this isn't about discrimination. Prove it they haven't proven it. They had an opportunity to state very clearly in the bill what it did not do they refrained.

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