Indiana Governor Backtracks on Religious Freedom Protection Act

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Indiana's Republican Governor Mike Pence said today the new Religious Freedom Restoration Act he signed last week is being misrepresented. "After much reflection and joint consultation with leaders of the general assembly, I've come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear this law doesn't give businesses the right to deny services to anyone. " But widespread claims that it legalizes discrimination have clearly struck home.

While Indiana Republicans claim their new law is similar to the federal law with the same name signed by Bill Clinton in 1993, President Obama's Press Secretary Josh Ernest said today they're fundamentally different. "The law in Indiana doesn't just apply to interactions with government. It also applies to private transactions as well. Which means it is a much more open ended legislation that could reasonable be used to justify discriminating against somebody because of who they love."

Zeke Miller is following the political consequences Time magazine.