When confronted by the rage of homosexual activists and their supporters… most of whom do not live in Indiana and none of whom would ever vote Republican… Mike Pence and the two imbeciles leading the Indiana legislature, Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne), and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) [pictured above] did what all moderates do when criticized by people who hate them. The tossed their supporters and whatever they have that passes for principles aside in a vain and rather pathetic attempt to placate the implacable. What did they do?
It is important to note that this fix does not create new sexual orientation and gender identity privileges in Indiana; it says that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cannot protect citizens from existing (municipal) Indiana sexual orientation and gender identity laws and ensuing coercion from government.
In other words, it eliminates any balancing test for sexual liberty and religious liberty. It says sexual orientation should trump religious liberty. That’s bad policy.
All citizens should oppose unjust discrimination, but sexual orientation and gender identity laws are not the way to achieve that goal. Sexual orientation and gender identity laws threaten fundamental First Amendment rights. These laws create new, subjective protected classes that will expose employers to unimaginable liability, and would increase government interference in labor markets in ways that could harm the economy.
Essentially the “fix” for the Indiana RFRA is the same “fix” you give your male dog. They have taken a law that simply puts religious freedom on the same plane as sexual perversion — stop and consider that for a moment — and “fixed” it so that it is actually meaningless. As the Daily Signal points out:
Sexual orientation and gender identity laws do not protect equality before the law. Instead, they create special privileges that are enforceable against private actors.
This is a gutless betrayal of the constitution and of religious freedom and the voters of Indiana should not forget the douchebags who came up with the idea.