Corporations follow suit as San Francisco Mayor bans city funded travel to Indiana

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Standing shoulder to shoulder behind Indiana Governor Mike Pence as he signs the RFRA are the leaders of the American Family Association and Advance America. Media was not allowed to attend.

With the signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), it is now legal to deny transgender, gay, and black people access to public accommodations in Indiana.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence says the law is misunderstood.

Pence blames the media for what he said is the public’s “misunderstanding’ about the intent of the RFRA which he signed into law March 26th. Standing directly behind Pense during the signing ceremony are Micah Clark of the American Family Association and Eric Miller CEO of Advance America. Media was not allowed to attend the signing according to WIBC.

The “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” (RFRA) effectively legalizes discrimination while not specifically identifying the intended victims. It makes it legal for business owners to refuse service or public accommodations based on religious beliefs.

The RFRA was introduced in retribution targeting transgender people after Indiana failed to stop same-sex marriage.

It could mean a Christian could tell a Muslim or a transgender or gay person not drink from a water fountain or vice versa. If only I live long enough to see that.

Pense said that this law doesn’t apply to ‘modern issues’ a vague reference to LGBT rights. But the men who stood behind him when he signed it into law made it clear that the law does just that.

Eric Miller, executive Director of Advance America claiming this a victory said what the chicken shit Governor wouldn’t.

“Churches, Christian businesses and individuals deserve protection from those who support homosexual marriages and those who support government recognition and approval of gender identity (men who dress as women). SB 101 will help provide the protection!”

Here are just three examples where SB 101 will help:

  • Christian bakers, florists and photographers should not be punished for refusing to participate in a homosexual marriage!
  • A Christian business should not be punished for refusing to allow a man to use the women’s restroom!
  • A church should not be punished because they refuse to let the church be used for a homosexual wedding!

According to the American Civil Liberties Union, the law will allow people to claim that they have a right to refuse to follow anti-discrimination protections and laws based on their religious beliefs. According to the ACLU of Indiana, the RFRA appears to be ‘constitutional.”

Business Leaders take action

Yelp CEO and co-founder Jeremy Stoppelman told Bussiness Insider“[It] is unconscionable to imagine that Yelp would create, maintain, or expand a significant business presence in any state that encouraged discrimination by businesses against our employees, or consumers at large.”

Sales Force retweeted…

 

San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee ban on city paid travel to Indiana is largely seen as symbolic, but it does make a strong statement.

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Kelli Busey an outspoken gonzo style journalist has been writing since 2007. In 2008, she brought the Dallas Advocate on-line and has articles published by the Reconciling Ministries Network, The Transsexual Menace, The Daily Kos, Frock Magazine the TransAdvocate, the Dallas Voice and The Advocate. Kelli, an avid runner is editor in chief at Planet Transgender which she founded in 2007.

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