Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Wilco takes a stand against Indiana's "religious freedom" law

Wilco have taken a stand against Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The Chicago alternative rock band said they were cancelling their Indianapolis tour date in protest against the recently enacted Indiana law that critics say could allow businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian patrons by refusing service. “We’re canceling our 7th May show in Indianapolis,” the band tweeted adding “’Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination.”  Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the bill into law, which he says is intended to keep the government from infringing on a business owner’s religious beliefs. And a new parody of Broadway song ‘Gary, Indiana’ also takes aim at Indiana’s new anti-gay law - recorded by YouTube star Randy Rainbow - the song was originally included as an ode to the state. Rocker John Mellencamp said Indiana's religious objections law was a "stain" on his home state.


Indiana Govenor. Mike Pence has asked lawmakers to send him a clarification of the State's new religious-freedom law later this week - although Arkansas legislators have passed a similar measure, despite criticism that it is a thinly disguised attempt to permit discrimination against gays.  Actor Nick Offerman is unhappy with the Indiana government and  tweeted Tuesday that he and wife Megan Mullally would be canceling the scheduled Indiana stop of their “Summer of 69: No Apostrophe” comedy tour, UConn men's basketball coach Kevin Ollie will not be traveling to the Final Four this week, abiding by a travel ban ordered by Connecticut's governor because of Indiana's new religious-objections law, and the Indianapolis Star is urging Indiana lawmakers in a front-page editorial to respond to widespread criticism of the new law. headlined "FIX THIS NOW" the article covers the newspaper's entire front page. It calls for lawmakers to enact a law that would prohibit discrimination on the basis of a person's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2015/03/31/3488130/indianapolis-star-calls-for-law.html#storylink=cpy

and here http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/30/indiana-anti-gay-law_n_6969286.html

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