A rally outside the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis drew a crowd of hundreds Saturday, as opponents of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act claimed it legalized discrimination against LGBT people. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law Thursday. It prohibits the state and local governments from enacting laws that “substantially burden” people, groups and businesses from practicing their religious beliefs.
Supporters of the law say it keeps the government from forcing people to provide services to which they object because of their religion. For example, the law allows business owners who reject homosexuality, based on religious beliefs, to deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender customers. Some critics have compared the Indiana law to the Jim Crow laws that permitted racial segregation in the South.
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Meanwhile, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Saturday a decision to prohibit the use of city funds for travel to Indiana. Murray said that Indiana's new law was discriminatory and "has no place in our city," according to a joint report from the Associated Press and KING-TV.