Wednesday, April 1, 2015

An Indiana Professor on the ‘Religious Freedom’ Law: ‘Students Are Appalled’

The Chronicle of Higher Education
April 1st, 2015

Even as Indiana’s governor calls for "a clarification" and "a fix" for the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, higher education is bracing for the law’s fallout.
University leaders have expressed concern that the controversy over the law could dissuade prospective students from enrolling in the state's colleges. And there are fears that the law could also make it harder for universities to recruit and retain faculty members.
Supporters say the law is simply meant to protect religious liberty, but many others — in Indiana and across the country — have said it will lead to discrimination if businesses are allowed to turn away lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender customers. Gov. Mike Pence defended the law on Tuesday, but he said that he wanted it to be clarified and changed by the end of the week.

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