Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN)
Indiana continues to face a steady stream of consequences for the license-to-discriminate law recently signed by Gov. Mike Pence, who will be speaking on the issue at 11 AM Eastern.
- The CEOs of nine large companies headquartered in Indiana wrote a letter detailing their concerns:
"Regardless of the original intention of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, we are deeply concerned about the impact it is having on our employees and on the reputation of our state," the executives, which included leaders from Angie's List and Eli Lilly, wrote in the letter. "All of our companies seek to promote fair, diverse and inclusive workplaces. Our employees must not feel unwelcome in the place where they work and live."
- The Republican mayor of Indianapolis took action against the law by announcing an executive order requiring businesses getting city funding to follow its human rights ordinance.
- The band Wilco canceled an upcoming concert in Indianapolis, expressing the "Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed."
- The Human Rights Campaign is endorsing the Fairness for All Hoosiers Act, which would:
- Update the state’s civil rights laws against discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations to provide protections for LGBT Hoosiers.
- Clarify that the recently enacted Indiana religious discrimination law cannot be used to allow discrimination prohibited under state or local laws.
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee followed Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in banning state-funded travel to Indiana.
- The Indianapolis Star ran a front-page editorial decrying the law, saying that "Only bold action ... will be enough to reverse the damage."
Daily Kos will liveblog Pence's remarks at 11 AM Eastern.