What Are You Thinking Indiana???


Recently Indiana passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which many argue give people the ability to discriminate against LGBT people. This sparked irritation from people across the world and angered much of the LGBT community who resides in Indiana. Even celebrities are sharing their anger towards this Act, some including the band Bleachers, Rihanna, Miley Cyrus, and Ashton Kutcher. They weren’t’ the only ones upset about this, across America people marched and helped rallies showing that the LGBT community shouldn’t be treated as second class citizens. Despite the backlash, which Governor Mike Pense was not expecting, there has been support by storeowners and many religious groups in Indiana towards this Law. They say the laws protect the rights of vulnerable religious minorities; for example, a prison would have to serve a prisoner a special diet that corresponds with their religion.

One pizzeria came under fire after stating that they would refuse to serve a same-sex couple if they asked for the store to cater an event. The owner’s father, Kevin O’Connor, also stated “That lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be heterosexual. They choose to be homosexual,” This sparked anger towards the storeowners who had to close doors because of threats they were receiving. But after closing their doors, a local broadcast company set up a GoFund Me page, which currently has raised $800,000 dollars for the family.

Indiana wasn’t even the first state to pass a law or have laws that discriminate against LGBT people. 21 states have Religious Freedom laws, and many others have bills pending to go through. Some of these states include: Florida, Kentucky, Arizona, Idaho, and countless others. The number of religious freedom laws surprises me because a recent poll found that a majority of Americans don’t support these laws. With 54% saying that businesses shouldn’t be allowed to refuse service because of religious beliefs.

Since the uproar Indiana has changed its laws to clarify that business cant discriminate against members of the LGBT community. Arkansas, who also has a similar Religious Freedom Law, changed their law to avoid the controversy that Indiana is receiving.

With such a divided population on whether these laws should be passed or not, here is where I stand. I feel that if you don’t agree with someone’s sexuality, gender identity, or whatnot, they are still paying customers. All servers have to do is help the person, and get on with your day. You don’t have to agree with everything people do, but at least have the decency to respect them as people.