Indiana Gov. To Sign Bill Allowing Businesses To Discriminate Against Gay People (Video)

| by Michael Allen

Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) will reportedly sign a bill on Thursday that would legalize discrimination against LGBT people based upon religious freedom.

Gov. Pence, who may run for president in 2016, plans to sign the "religious freedom" bill in a private ceremony, notes CNN (video below).

Indiana's GOP-controlled state House and Senate both passed the bill, which doesn't specifically mention LGBT people, but prevents state and local governments from "substantially burdening" the free exercise of religion.

Gov. Pence said in a statement that the bill "is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact. I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue."

However, organizers of Gen Con, a huge video gaming convention held in Indianapolis, are threatening to move their event out of the state if Gov. Pence signs the bill, noted the Indianapolis Star.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard also opposes the bill.

According to CBS 4 Indy, Mayor Ballard said in a statement:

I don’t believe this legislation truly represents our state or our capital city. Indianapolis strives to be a welcoming place that attracts businesses, conventions, visitors and residents. We are a diverse city, and I want everyone who visits and lives in Indy to feel comfortable here. RFRA sends the wrong signal.

Sources: CNN, Indianapolis Star, CBS 4 Indy
Image Credit: Gage Skidmore