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The Indiana House passed a bill concerning religious freedom for businesses. It essentially allows business owners to deny services to same-sex couples based on their religious freedoms. It is likely that this bill will pass the Senate and the Governor of Indiana will sign it. For obvious reasons, this bill is controversial because it would allow for discrimination against gays and lesbians.
This relates to Hobby Lobby’s exemption from the contraception part of the Affordable Care Act. Both the Hobby Lobby Court case and the Indiana bill were based on a law called the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act.
Both local companies such as Salesforce and gay rights groups have expressed opposition to this bill. Supporters like Rep. Bruce Borders, R-Jasonville claim that people deserve religious freedoms in the workplace as well.
Campaign Manager for Freedom Indiana said, "We turn our attention now to Governor Pence who, like Governor Jan Brewer in Arizona, has the ability to stop this dangerous bill dead in its tracks when it hits his desk," Even so, Pence, Governor of Indiana, will likely sign the bill as he has continued to express support of it.
What do you think of the bill? Do you think it will be challenged in Supreme Court? If it passes, will more states follow the example?