On Wednesday, after he was denied press credentials to cover Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s first public event since being introduced as Donald Trump’s vice-presidential candidate in Cleveland, the Washington Post’s Jose DelReal was barred from entering the rally by security staffers, who went as far as to summon law enforcement before escorting him from the premises.
According to CNN, Donald Trump asked Mike Pence to be his running mate early Thursday evening and Pence accepted, but (as the Indiana governor is surely learning) even the clearest decision is always up for negotiation to Trump. Just hours later, the candidate told Fox News he has yet to make up his mind about who he’s taking to the election, saying, “I’ve got three people that are fantastic” and “I haven’t made my final, final decision.”
Late Wednesday night, The New York Times published a tentative schedule for speakers at next week’s Republican National Convention that included former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow, UFC President Dana White, Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, Donald Trump’s wife Melania and all of his adult children.
I live in Indiana, ostensibly a place where queer folks cannot get an appropriate florist for their wedding and restaurants have the right not to serve two women eating together if, somehow, they are read as gay. (How will the waitress know, I wonder? If they are holding hands? If they have rainbow flags on their backpacks? If they carry in a copy of The Well of Loneliness to read aloud to each other over bites of a pulled pork sandwich?)
Indiana just passed its own version of a federal law called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, due to take effect July 1, making it one of nearly 20 states (and the U.S. Congress) to have enacted such a bill. But while other RFRA bills range from the righteous to the innocuous, Indiana's is pernicious and scary—and anyone who tells you it's exactly the same is lying to you.
In the days since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, an encouraging multitude has stepped forward to denounce the law, which may allow business owners to refuse LGBT customers. That includes unlikely allies like a Republican mayor, several blue state governments, and now, in the fiercest condemnation yet, The Indianapolis Star.