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GOP Leaders Will Propose RFRA Clarifications

House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate President Pro Tem David Long say a repeal of the law is unlikely.

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Both Republicans and Democrats are holding press conferences today to react to the controversy surrounding the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Update — March 30, 10:36 a.m.

Indiana Republican leaders say they will work to clarify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to ensure it does not allow discrimination, but some Democratic leaders are calling for the law’s repeal.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, addressed the potential for changes to the law in a press conference Monday morning at the Statehouse.

The two say Gov. Mike Pence was unclear about the law when he appeared Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos.

Bosma says both chambers would need to ratify any proposed changes to the law.

Long says it’s a “small tribe” of RFRA proponents who say the law allows them to deny service to LGBT individuals, and he says that perception is wrong.

But House Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, says Republicans rejected language that would have clarified RFRA during debate in the legislature. He says the measure was unnecessary.

Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, says the law should be repealed, but both Long and Bosma say that’s unlikely.

  • brittman1

    Why bother? The damage is done. Indiana looks bigoted and homophobic in the eyes of the world. I have already cancelled a long-planned trip to a conference at Purdue in May. i will not spend a penny in the hate state.

    I hope this is worth it to you, Mike Pence. i guess you’ll make your base happy.

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  • Daniel Soebbing

    I understand your anger, and I think it’s well placed, and appropriate. This legislation sent an awful message, and I was actively contacting politicians around Indiana in the weeks before it’s passage. But I urge you to reconsider, assuming this state’s politicians actually take legislative steps to prevent discrimination. If you don’t allow the opportunity for people to recognize mistakes and make changes when they realize they were wrong people are only going to harden and entrench their positions. I respect your position and applaud your decision to withdraw from traveling to Indiana based on well-founded principals. But if you let your anger turn into hatred and spite, and you refuse to allow for the opportunity for reconciliation, the other side will only become more hateful, as well. You will simply be proving the conspiracy theorists to be correct, and fulfilling their fantasy of a war against religion.

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  • lastcamp2

    That won’t be good enough to get the job done, Members of the GOP.

    Even if your reconstructed this unfortunate statute to make is the most
    benign among all the RFRA laws around the nation, that still wouldn’t be
    good enough. First off, RFRA statute are a bad idea at the outset. We
    have the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States,
    which has served us well for more that two centuries. It’s too bad it
    hasn’t seemed good enough for you folks.

    Now, I have never been very friendly with the Republican Party, and
    it may seem odd for me to give my adversaries advice, but in this case I
    do it not to help Republicans, but to try to help the people of this
    state to recover from the mess you made. I do it as a civic mission.

    When you are in a fix as bad as you are in, it is wise to consider just
    walking away. Go home, go to your advisors and confessors, go to your
    closet and pray, go to your study and meditate. Consider deeply what
    you have done, where you have made mistakes, where hubris has betrayed
    you. Try as deeply as you can to understand the dimensions of your
    erroneous conduct, however well intentioned. When you have realized and
    can articulate that, go to the people of Indiana, and confess to them
    the error of your ways. Ask them to be understanding and forgive your
    human frailty.

    Then tell them you have decided to repeal this law, and start all over. Those of you who survive the next election can go to the next session, caucus, draft, and introduce whatever bill you like.

    But before you do that, be sure to that you put it out in its entirety, will full annotations from legal experts, to the citizens of Indiana. Then, ask them to read it, and to share with you their criticisms and their support and their questions. Invite all kinds of views. Tell them you want to consider all these issues in a collaborative process, so that any law that comes to pass will truly be the voice of the people of Indiana. After all, that’s the way democracy is supposed to work.

    Those of you who are survivors will not have stopped smelling completely, but you will have washed up as best you can. And if you reflect on it, the process I have suggested is similar to processes that exist in most all major religions: recognition,
    meditation, confession, and atonement, the formula for redemption.

    If you do that, you will have done a good thing, both for the people and for yourselves and your colleagues.

    Well (sigh) I can say all this without risk of being seen as a perfidious traitor to my politics, because I just intuitively know that you won’t do a bit of it. You will be like Lady MacBeth, trying to wash hands that can never be clean, trying to wrap a bad fish in a paper bag, hoping to suppress the smell. And it is your pride, stubbornness, egotism, and narrow ideological dogmas that will keep you from saving yourselves. We will all be the worse because of it.

    Don’t say I didn’t try to help.

  • Bob Eckert

    The ONLY course available to all of us in our beloved state is DEMAND REPEAL AND DEMAND IMPEACHMENT OR RESIGNATION OF ALL RESPONSIBLE. Pass it on via social media as much as you are able.

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