CORALVILLE COURIER EDITOR'S NOTE: This is really a sad state of affairs if you think about it, that new legislation has to be passed to protect what is already protected by the U.S. Constitution... that we've allowed people to manipulate the meaning of discrimination, so a state has to resort to more paperwork instead of just laughing such faux discrimination cases out of court. And why on earth would you want some baker who doesn't believe in gay marriage, making your cake anyway?
As Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a new law this week guaranteeing religious freedom against governmental interference, a debate over whether those laws can be used to trump anti-discrimination protections for lesbians and gays continues, along with the question of how best to legislatively balance those competing interests.
The Hoosier state measure, passed by large majorities in both legislative chambers, is modeled on a 1993 federal law. Opponents, including gay rights groups, the mayor of Indianapolis and the American Civil Liberties Union, claim the measure might sanction discrimination, something Pence rebuffed.
"If I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it," Pence said in a statement. "In fact, it does not even apply to disputes between private parties unless government action is involved."