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Friday, March 27, 2015

Indiana governor Pence proves there's no limit to right wing exceptional extremism

Governor Pence of Indiana was considered a potential presidential candidate. Sure doesn't seem likely now. He's summarily  excluded about five percent of his state's population from feeling like they have any civil liberties.  Although this doesn't amount to a huge number of people, the numbers equate to a considerable margin in any election, because the homosexual community votes.

In spite of the governor's right wing extremism, his support for draconian treatment of homosexuals demonstrates how the right wing extremists are dangerous. Leaders are supposed to stand up for all of their constituents, regardless of their sexuality.  Governor Pence has said his political leadership represents almost everybody.

Indiana law that allows biz to reject gays

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's decision to sign into law a measure that could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of "religious freedom", has left the NCAA fretting ahead of next week's men's basketball Final Four (college basketball teams) in Indianapolis.

"We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees," NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a statement Thursday afternoon.

He said the NCAA will "work diligently" to ensure competitors and visitors at next week's Final Four are not "negatively impacted by this bill." Emmert also said the organization, which is based in Indianapolis, will "closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce."

Indiana is the first state this year to enact a measure that's being pushed in a dozen others, and Emmert's comments were just the latest in a series of stinging criticisms issued after Pence signed the bill in a private ceremony with Republican state legislators and socially conservative lobbyists Thursday morning.

Already, the gamer convention Gen Con and the Disciples of Christ church group had threatened to pull their conventions out of Indianapolis. Tech giant Salesforce said it would halt its plans to expand in the state, too.

The NCAA had hinted for days that the bill -- which has the effect of allowing businesses to challenge local laws that forbid discriminating against customers based on sexual orientation in court -- could damage the city's reputation as a host of major sporting events.

Jason Collins, who last year became the first openly gay active NBA player, asked Pence in a tweet whether it is "going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come" to the Final Four.

Still, Pence signed the bill in his office Thursday. In a statement explaining his decision, he pointed to President Barack Obama's health care law -- which triggered a lawsuit by Hobby Lobby to ensure the company wasn't required to cover birth control through its employees' health insurance plans.

Julie's note - Republicans are anti-science, anti-meteorology, anti-women's physiology and anti-evolution, seems they're also anti mathematics.  Surely, Republican who believe these draconian laws about homosexuality won't show up in their elections?  Calling all 5 percent of homosexuals to your voting registration district.  Let's show Republicans how to count!

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