• Gay Law Gains Labor Hate

    Labor unions Monday condemned Indiana lawmakers for passing a law which they say allows businesses to discriminate against homosexuals.

    “Laws permitting discrimination and intolerance in any form or fashion have no place in America today,” J. David Cox Sr., national president of the American Federation of Government Employees, declared in a statement.

    “I join with the legions of people from all walks of life who are voicing their outrage at this discriminatory law and urge Indiana lawmakers to repeal this despicable action at once,” he added.

    The Religious Freedom Restoration Act was signed into law last week by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. Supporters argue the law is meant to ensure that religious liberty is fully protected under Indiana law.

    “This past week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law a bill that legalizes discrimination, allowing businesses to refuse service to customers simply because they are gay or lesbian,” AFSCME President Lee Saunders detailed.

    “Further, since Governor Pence claims disingenuously that it is about religious freedom, his law protects any business owner who refuses to hire someone of a different religion from their own,” he continued. “This un-American law sets Indiana and our nation back decades in the struggle for civil rights. It is an embarrassment and cannot be tolerated.”

    “The 1.6 million members of AFSCME cannot in good conscience make such a sizeable financial investment in Indiana knowing that women and men in that state are deliberately being targeted for discrimination,” Saunders noted.

    Additionally AFSCME has decided to move its 2015 Women’s Conference out of Indiana in response to the law.

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