The state of Indiana recently approved a law allowing businesses to decline same-sex clients. Bill supporters promoted it stating that “Christian bakers, florists and photographers should not be punished for refusing to participate in a homosexual marriage!”.
Prior to signing the amendment Indiana governor Mike Pence continued to protect the law claiming it is identical to the 1993 federal religious freedom law.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Pence and other state officials are in “damage control mode”, and debunked the governor’s lies about the similarity between the two laws.
The following day an amendment was approved by Indiana’s House, Senate and governor, though not without resistance.
While this law did not refer solely to photographers, the only court case of a business being sued due to a state-level religious freedom act was against a photographer.
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