Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the state of Indiana today, which has resulted in many people crying out in anger, frustration, and disgust.
I am in the midst of moving to Indiana to where my husband and his family reside, and although I continue to be disappointed by not only my own bigoted experiences from when I lived in Indiana, but now the open allowance for equality and recognition for all citizens to be legally ignored, I encourage people to not look to abandon the state, but continue to fight for what is being taken away from them – their rights to equality. Fight it with intelligence. Fight it with knowledge. Fight it with your hearts. Fight it with legitimate respect for those being discriminated against, and not immature rebuttal of obnoxious acts and words which will only bring further disrespect to the argument. Do not fight with hate, do not fight with ignorance.
This is not Republicans versus Democrats – not all Republicans agree, although perhaps the majority did. This bill will only bring light to businesses who choose to open their doors and their cash registers to those fitting within a small hole of uneducated bigots. This is not a Christian bill, a religious bill, nor a Conservative bill, but merely a bill of asinine proportions belonging to those who feel the need to have their hateful discriminations validated.
Governor Pence declared that there was nothing discriminatory about this bill, and that it merely supports the religious rights and beliefs of Indiana residents. Human Rights law already does so, however without isolating the category of rights needing protected, because there are no such categories when it comes to believing in rights for ALL. Just because one cannot take you to court for refusing service to a kind of individual does not protect your revenue.
I am more than disappointed in Indiana’s government, but I am proud of my friends and family and all those who reside in that state – my future home state – who will and are putting their foot down and raising their voices to illuminate the desire for equality, for respect, and for social justice. And to those politicians who signed the bill – your job was and is to protect each and every one of your citizens, and you have adamantly failed in signing such an atrocity of a bill; you have protected a singular few, and abandoned thousands more.
“Let me have my tax money go for my protection and not for my prosecution. Let my tax money go for the protection of me. Protect my home, protect my streets, protect my car, protect my life, protect my property…worry about becoming a human being and not about how you can prevent others from enjoying their lives because of your own inability to adjust to life.” -Harvey Milk
Love from, Vic Louise xoxoxo