Today Governor Mike Pence signed SB 101 into law, which will allow people and businesses to discriminate against LGBT Hoosiers on the basis of religion. The bill has a broad impact which will not require businesses to meet any sort of substantial-burden test illustrating how serving LBGT Hoosiers “substantially burdens a person’s exercise of religion” and according to some analysts will repeal or make invalid non-discrimination ordinances across the state of Indiana.
The bill was signed behind closed doors and no members of the press or public were invited to the ceremony.
From the Indy Star: Gov. Mike Pence signs ‘religious freedom’ bill in private
He cited as an example Notre Dame University’s objection to a provision of the Affordable Care Act requiring insurance coverage for contraceptives.
The measure, Senate Bill 101, could allow business owners to refuse services to same-sex couples and has set off a firestorm of controversy. Supporters say it’s needed to protect those with strong religious beliefs from government overreach, but opponents say it would allow discrimination, particularly against gays and lesbians.
Pence has been under intense pressure from opponents. In the past two days, two major Indianapolis conventions have threatened to look elsewhere if Pence signed the bill, and a group of technology executives, including the CEO of Salesforce, have written to the governor to oppose the measure.