Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) plans to sign the controversial religious freedom bill which has already passed the state legislature, but America’s largest annual gaming convention has a message for the Governor.
On Tuesday, Gen Con threatened to move the convention to another state in the future if the bill is signed. The move by the organizers of the convention would have a huge economic impact on the state.
Ars Technica reports:
The bill, SB 101, would allow Indiana corporations to openly discriminate against anybody they considered to be against their religious beliefs, particularly members of the LGBT community.
In the letter, posted to Gen Con’s Twitter account, Gen Con CEO Adrian Swartout spoke of the event’s “diverse attendee base” made up of visitors from around the world, and he made clear that such diversity included factors like cultures, religious beliefs, and sexual preferences. After pointing out the event’s economic benefit to the state, Swartout argued that the legislation “could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees,” which would ultimately “factor into our decision-making” on returning to the Indiana Convention Center “in future years.”
“We ask that you please reconsider your support of SB 101,” the letter concluded in bold type. However, in a statement to the Indy Star, the office of Governor Mike Pence appeared undeterred in his announced plans to sign the bill into law, should it pass the Indiana state Senate.
Pence said he will still sign the bill which allows business owners to refuse services to same sex couples.
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