In any campaign, but especially one on such a polarizing topic as gay rights, many claims are made and questions asked. Sorting through it all can be difficult. Here are 10 common questions or claims that have surfaced repeatedly in the discussion of the antidiscrimination law and answers researched by the News-Leader.
Arkansas passed a religious freedom bill on Tuesday that is similar to an Indiana law that has faced national backlash for legalizing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The bill cleared the Arkansas Legislature and now heads to the governor’s desk, where it is expected to be signed. Read more here.
Editorial: We are at a critical moment in Indiana’s history. And much is at stake. Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality […]
Just as Indiana’s law was gaining national infamy, North Carolina lawmakers introduced matching Religious Freedom Restoration Act bills in the state House and Senate — and according to legal scholars, the legislation introduced last week could pose an even greater threat than Indiana’s to civil rights. Read more here.
“Governor Pence can’t answer the question, but we can,” said Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair. “It’s clear the RFRA, which has attracted so much local and national attention, is doing considerable damage to our state. Freedom Indiana is ready with a proactive legislative solution that will demonstrate our commitment to fair treatment for all […]
Angie’s List pulls Indiana building project over potentially discriminatory “Religious Freedom” law The continuing blowback over Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law hit home Saturday, with Indianapolis-based Angie’s List announcing it is canceling a $40 million headquarters expansion. The decision is a direct result of passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, co-founder and chief executive […]
After a heated floor debate, the Montana House failed to pass a “religious freedom” bill, deadlocking on a 50-50 vote, effectively defeating House Bill 615 on Friday. H.B. 615, sponsored by Rep. Karl Glimm (R-Kila), would have placed a legislative referendum on the November 2016 ballot that, if approved by voters, would have legalized discrimination, […]
This June, advocates for civil marriage equality will likely celebrate their greatest, and final, victory. The Supreme Court will hand down decisions regarding four cases that may finally settle the issue of whether same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry in the United States. Organizations dedicated to universal marriage equality are already planning a victory lap. “Assuming […]
One reason that William Mechley has successfully managed the Skyline Chili in Delhi rests on his skill in hiring. One day in November, a young man waited on a counter stool for a job interview while Mechley observed the candidate’s joking, eager manner. He invited Ashton Dotson past the coney-bun steamers and the bins of […]
A year after potential action by the National Football League hung over Arizona’s veto of a religious freedom bill, an NFL spokesman said Friday the league is “studying” Indiana’s religious freedom law. “We do not have a comment at this time,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. “We are in the process of studying the law […]