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Indiana Committee Passes Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ License To Discriminate Bill



An Indiana House committee just passed an anti-gay bill that will allow anyone to discriminate against LGBT people, citing their deeply held religious beliefs.

A bill that would write a license to discriminate into Indiana state law is one step closer to becoming reality. After the Senate passed a so-called “religious freedom” bill last month by a large 40-10 margin, the House Judiciary committee just a short time ago today passed the legislation as well. 

SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, states that “a governmental entity may not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.” In other words, the State of Indiana may not enact or enforce any law that would infringe on any person’s interpretation of their religion or religious beliefs.

LOOK: Indiana Lawmakers Pass Bill Allowing Some Employers To Dictate Religious Beliefs And Behavior

Wide, sweeping legislation like this RFRA are becoming extremely common in the nation, with several dozen states already enacting them, and more being debated in legislatures regularly.

The bill, should it pass the Indiana House and be signed into law by Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence, whose record of support for religious extremism is unparalleled, would allow a pharmacist to refuse to dispense HIV/AIDS medication, birth control or abortion medication – even when prescribed by a physician. It in theory could allow an emergency medical technician (EMT), nurse, doctor, or other medical professional to refuse to treat an LGBT person. And it could allow any business owner, say, a bake shop or photographer, to refuse to work on a same-sex wedding.

Gov. Pence has already stated he will sign the bill if it gets to his desk.

The bill’s language is so broad that it could allow any person whose religious beliefs mandate the subordination of women to refuse to serve them in a restaurant, in a DMV, or at a local store. 

“We want to be able to practice our faith even in our businesses, in our homes, in our churches without fear of being prosecuted,” SB 101 supporter Cindy Holmes told WTHR. “You hear stories all over the country where where bakers and florists are losing their businesses and homes just because they wanted to practice their faiths and stand by their beliefs. We want to be able to do that in Indiana and we don’t believe the Constitution does that for us in complete.”

Of course, no baker or florist has lost their business and their home, “just because they wanted to practice their faiths and stand by their beliefs,” despite what the religious right tells their followers.

One opponent of the bill reminded supporters that laws like SB 101, based on religion, were used to discriminate against Black people also.

“I’m a woman, I’m African American,” Whittney Murphy told WTHR. “I’m also a member of the LGBT community. So, if I walk up to a store and there’s a sign that says no LGBT people, I remember reading from history there were signs that said no African Americans and that was based on religion as well.”


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Buttigieg Blasts Trump Allies’ Homophobia: ‘I’m Not Going to Be Lectured on Family Values From the Likes of Rush Limbaugh’



Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg responded to two top Trump allies’ anti-gay hate this week by proudly defending his husband and his marriage.

“I’m not going to be lectured on family values from the likes of Rush Limbaugh or anybody who supports Donald J. Trump as the moral as well as the political leader of the United States,” the former South Bend, Indiana mayor told Fox News Sunday, after laughing them off.

“I am in a faithful, loving, committed marriage. I’m proud of my marriage. And I’m proud of my husband,” Buttigieg declared. “America has moved on and we should have a politics of belonging, that welcomes everybody – that’s what the American people are for.”

“I’m saddened for what the Republican Party has become if they embrace that kind of homophobic rhetoric.”

Fox News’ Chris Wallace played video of Limbaugh calling Buttigieg, “A gay guy 37-years old [who] loves kissing his husband on debate stages,” and asking, “Can you see Trump have fun with that?”

He also showed a clip of former Trump White House official Sebastian Gorka, who has been tied to a Nazi-linked group, saying: “Why is a homosexual man lecturing us on the sanctity of life in the womb. Just a little curious there – strange!”




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Bill Barr Ouster Demanded by Over 1100 Ex-Justice Dept Officials in Scathing Letter



According to a report from the New York Times, over 1,100 former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials have signed on to a letter calling for Attorney General Bill Barr to step down.

The report states the letter insists, “Each of us strongly condemns President Trump’s and Attorney General Barr’s interference in the fair administration of justice,” adding those actions “require Mr. Barr to resign.”

The Times notes that signers of the letter come from across the political spectrum, adding, “Protect Democracy, a nonprofit legal group, gathered the signatures from Justice Department alumni and said it would collect more.”

Pointing out that the impetus for the letter is related to Barr’s interference in the Roger Stone case that led to prosecutors who handled it resigning en masse, the Times also reports that the signees, “Also urged current government employees to report any signs of unethical behavior at the Justice Department to the agency’s inspector general and to Congress.”

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Internet Disgusted After Trump Retweets Gross Video of Texas Mayor in Bathroom: ‘I Think You Have Hit a New Low’



For some reason Donald Trump decided on Saturday to retweet a video of a Texas mayor who was unaware he was still wearing a hot mic when he went to the bathroom, which stunned even Trump’s regular critics on Twitter.

Trump pushed out the tweet with the video that stated, “THIS IS HILARIOUS. Mayor of Georgetown in the US excused himself to go & use the washroom in the middle of a meeting & forgot to switch off his mic on his tie & this is what happened.”

Not everyone agreed, with one commenter pointing out the putative Leader of the Free World “… has too much time on his hands.”

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