Indiana law draws criticism from LGBT groups

by Barry Lytton

A controversial bill signed into law by Indiana’s governor last week has drawn the attention of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, as well as national corporations who say the law legalizes discrimination against the LGBT community.


The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which goes into effect July 1, “says the government cannot intrude on a person's religious liberty unless it can prove a compelling interest in imposing that burden and do so in the least restrictive way,” USA Today reports.


Though the law’s wording is generic, gay rights organizations such as the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, consider the law to be a direct attack on gays and lesbians’ civil rights.


Seattle Mayor Ed Murray declared that his city will respond to the legislation by banning all Seattle officials from work-related or city-funded travel to Indiana, the Seattle Times reports. He is just one of many local government officials across the country to take a similar stand.


The Indianapolis-based National Collegiate Athletic Association said it will reconsider holding events in Indiana, the Los Angeles Times reports.

“This is about protecting the religious liberty of people of faith and families of faith,” said Pence in an interview yesterday on ABC’s This Week.