Suspend Travel to Indiana Because of Religious Freedom Restoration Act?
D annel Malloy — who is the current governor of the state of Connecticut — said he will be signing an executive order to ban state-sponsored travel to Indiana after lawmakers in that state passed controversial legislation which has unleashed furor around the United States, according to this article posted at WVIT Channel 30 News in Hartford.
The legislation in question is known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act — modeled after a similar federal law signed by Bill Clinton when he was president of the United States in 1993 — and 19 other states already have laws similar to the one passed in Indiana.
Mike Pence — who is the current governor of the state of Indiana — is standing firm on the passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act; although he has acquiesced to revisiting the wording of the legislation which was passed and which he approved, as the law is meant to protect free exercise of religion. Pence is currently in talks with legislators, which could result in a clarification of the legislation — also known as Senate Bill 101 — later this week.
The supposed intention of the law in Indiana is that it would prevent the government from compelling people to do anything to which they would object to on religious grounds — such as providing services or selling products to people who are know to be gay or lesbian…
…which is the main impetus for the backlash: that the rights of gay and lesbian individuals would be violated by such a law be being refused service by businesses which they are attempting to patronize; thereby prompting the ban on travel sponsored by the state of Connecticut to Indiana:
Because of Indiana’s new law, later today I will sign an Executive Order regarding state-funded travel. -DM
— Governor Dan Malloy (@GovMalloyOffice) March 30, 2015
I am not a political person, so I am not offering an opinion pertaining to the controversial law in Indiana — nor do I think that is relevant to the question I am asking you after reading what Dannel Malloy posted via Twitter: do you plan on suspending travel to Indiana; or is all of this wrangling much ado about nothing?
The photograph displayed at the top of this article is of South Illinois Street in downtown Indianapolis, facing south. Photograph ©2014 by Brian Cohen.