Let’s talk about the atrocity that happened in my state of Indiana this morning...
Let me introduce you to Mike Pence.
Okay, actually this is him, but there really isn’t much difference.
This morning, the head dick in charge signed into law the “Religious Freedom” bill. Basically what this bill does is make it legal for businesses to discriminate against customers, not just on the grounds of sexual orientation, but also religious grounds. So a business can legally refuse to serve an LGBT customer or a customer whose faith they disagree with.
Mike Pence has tried to maintain that the bill is not about discrimination, but about ensuring the religious freedom of all Hoosiers. Here was pretty much everyone’s reaction(s):
This morning, March 26, 2015, Mike Pence signed the bill into law, ushering in the way for discrimination and intolerance. Let me tell you why this is a big fucking deal and how it’s going to hurt Indiana’s revenue.
1) Sporting events. This bill is basically guaranteeing that Indiana will probably never get another major sporting event, sans the Indianapolis 500. That means no future Super Bowls, no collegiate tournaments, the possible relocation of the NCAA Men’s Final Four, and relocation of the Big Ten Football Championship and basketball tournament. All that extra revenue from these events? Wave goodbye.
2) Musical acts. Musical acts absolutely have the right to refuse to perform in certain places. Not only does this mean concerts, but also, again, sporting events, where performers help draw attendance. Also, celebrity appearances in general. George Takei has already vowed to boycott, and others may follow in his footsteps.
3) GenCon. GenCon is the largest gaming convention in the US. It generates millions of dollars anually for the state of Indiana. The convention has threatened to relocate elsewhere if Pence signs the bill into law, which he did. There’s another hit on Indiana’s state revenue.
Now, I’m in no way saying any of this will absolutely happen, but this bill makes it a major possibility. Making discrimination legal in no way makes it okay, which is a sentiment a majority of Hoosiers have loudly shared through this entire debacle.
And let’s not forget the most important thing.
4) People. I’m a proud member of the LGBT community and I’m also a Pagan. This means that businesses have the right to refuse me for one reason or the other. People like me, LGBT non-Christians, have had our rights stripped away simply because we do not fit Pence’s narrow view of what a person should be. This bill is not only sending a message to Hoosiers, but also LGBT non-Christians outside of our state that they are not welcome here. They will not visit our beautiful state, because Pence has made it very clear that they are not the type of people he wants in Indiana. More than anything else, we the people will suffer the most from this new law.
So, in conclusion, fuck Mike Pence and his bullshit law.