INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana governor Mike Pence said Monday he is looking forward to signing a religious freedom bill that LGBT rights groups say is among the most sweeping “license to discriminate” bills introduced this year in more than a dozen state legislatures.
The measure, approved Monday in the state House by a vote of 63-31, would prohibit any state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs and has a definition of a “person” that includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.
Opponents say the bill provides widespread legal cover for discrimination against LGBT people.
Article continues belowThe bill needs another vote of approval from the Senate before heading to Pence, who released this statement following Monday’s vote:
“The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact. I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue. I look forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.”