Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – Steven Spielberg

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Steven Spielberg

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 7.99

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Release Date: May 23, 1984


Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom brings you non-stop thrills and excitement like nothing you’ve ever experienced. Indy (Harrison Ford), his sidekick Short Round and nightclub singer Willie Scott (Kate Capshaw) go from high-flying action above the Himalayas to a nail-biting runaway mine car chase and finally a spine-tingling escape from a fortress-like mine in India. Hang on tight as the world’s ultimate action hero takes you on a heart-pumping roller-coaster ride of adventure that’s guaranteed to keep you on the edge of your seat.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Steven Spielberg

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Steven Spielberg

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 7.99

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Release Date: May 24, 1989


There’s nothing more exciting than trying to keep up with the Joneses in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indy’s Nazi enemies are back and have kidnapped his father, Professor Henry Jones Sr. (Sean Connery), in their effort to locate the sacred Holy Grail. Following a trail from America to Venice to the deserts of the Middle East, it’s up to Indy (Harrison Ford) to save his father, save the Grail and save the day in this non-stop, action-packed adventure the whole family will treasure.

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Back on Indiana Avenue: The Carroll DeCamp Recordings – Wes Montgomery

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Back on Indiana Avenue: The Carroll DeCamp Recordings

Wes Montgomery

Genre: Jazz

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Release Date: April 19, 2019

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Indiana – George Sand

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Indiana

George Sand

Genre: Classics

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Publish Date: June 6, 2017

Publisher: Open Road Media

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A noblewoman travels from colonial Africa to revolutionary France in search of love in this nineteenth-century romantic classic. On the Île Bourbon off the coast of Madagascar, Indiana is miserable in her marriage to the cold Colonel Delmare. Although she has a friendly companion in the ever-present Englishman Sir Ralph, she yearns to feel passion and desire.   When she catches the interest of the handsome young Raymon de Ramiere, Indiana is willing to take any risk, including running away to France as the July Revolution rages in Paris. But after she falls ill, she will begin a transformation that could bring about her happiness—or her downfall.   The first novel Amantine Aurore Dupin published under the pseudonym George Sand, Indiana was an auspicious debut from one of the most fascinating and daring women of the early nineteenth century, a rebellious artist who defied societal expectations and went on to become one of the major names in French literature.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – Steven Spielberg

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Steven Spielberg

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 16.99

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Release Date: June 12, 1981


Get ready for edge-of-your-seat thrills in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy (Harrison Ford) and his feisty ex-flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) dodge booby-traps, fight Nazis and stare down snakes in their incredible worldwide quest for the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Experience one exciting cliffhanger after another when you discover adventure with the one and only Indiana Jones.

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Conservative Democrat Baron Hill Rebrands Himself As Pro-Marriage Equality In Indiana Senate Race

WASHINGTON — Indiana Democratic Senate candidate Baron Hill is casting himself as a champion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, in an attempt to shift away from the anti-marriage equality image he had during his previous stint in Congress.

“Marriage equality is especially close to my own heart,” said Hill in an email to supporters Thursday. “In 2004, I voted against the Constitutional Amendment banning marriage equality. I’m proud of Hoosiers who are fighting to make sure our friends and neighbors are guaranteed equal rights.”

“And any day now,” he added, “the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on whether or not the right to marry is a fundamental right for all Americans. This would be a huge and important step towards a world where acceptance is the norm.”

Hill was a member of the House of Representatives from 1999 to 2005 and 2007 to 2011. During his final years in Congress, the pro-LGBT Human Rights Campaign gave him a 70 percent rating on issues of equality. He supported the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which banned LGBT members of the military from serving openly, but he was not one of the 121 Democrats to cosponsor legislation that would have repealed the federal government’s ban on same-sex marriage.

Though Hill did oppose amending the Constitution to ban same-sex marriage, he didn’t exactly champion the right for same-sex couples to wed either. In fact, he campaigned against it. During his 2006 re-election campaign, Hill ran an ad in which he said that “marriage between a man and woman is sacred.”

But support for same-sex marriage has become significantly more mainstream since Hill’s time in office. The Democratic Party didn’t even add it to its platform until 2012, the same year that President Barack Obama announced that his stance had “evolved” and he now backed marriage equality.

Hill’s email to supporters Thursday reflects the national shift on marriage equality, showing that it’s now an issue that even a more conservative Democrat feels safe running on.

The campaign did not return a request for comment on when Hill began supporting marriage equality but said in a statement that he had evolved on the issue over time. In addition to touting his opposition to the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage and support for DADT repeal, the campaign pointed out that he voted for the Employment Non-Discrimination Act — which would bar workplace discrimination against LGBT people — in 2010.

“Baron is proud to support marriage equality — bottom line, everyone deserves equal rights,” the statement read, adding, “Like many Americans, Baron’s personal views have continued to evolve on this issue and he feels strongly that no Hoosier should be made to feel less equal because of who they love.”

There has been some concern among Indiana Democrats that Hill might be vulnerable to a primary challenge from a candidate who is more vocal on LGBT equality, given his record.

He is currently the only Democratic candidate running for the seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Dan Coats (R-Ind.), but state Rep. Christina Hale (D), who has been more outspoken on LGBT rights, is also exploring a bid. On the Republican side, Rep. Marlin Stutzman and former Indiana GOP chair Eric Holcomb have declared campaigns.

LGBT equality has been a hot topic in Indiana since Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed a so-called religious freedom law that could have allowed businesses to deny service to same-sex couples. After significant national backlash, Pence signed a revised version of the measure.

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade – Steven Spielberg

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Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Steven Spielberg

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 19.99

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Release Date: May 24, 1989


There’s nothing more exciting than trying to keep up with the Joneses in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Indy’s Nazi enemies are back and have kidnapped his father, Professor Henry Jones Sr. (Sean Connery), in their effort to locate the sacred Holy Grail. Following a trail from America to Venice to the deserts of the Middle East, it’s up to Indy (Harrison Ford) to save his father, save the Grail and save the day in this non-stop, action-packed adventure the whole family will treasure.

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark – Steven Spielberg

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Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Steven Spielberg

Genre: Action & Adventure

Price: $ 19.99

Rental Price: $ 2.99

Release Date: June 12, 1981


Get ready for edge-of-your-seat thrills in Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark. Indy (Harrison Ford) and his feisty ex-flame Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen) dodge booby-traps, fight Nazis and stare down snakes in their incredible worldwide quest for the mystical Ark of the Covenant. Experience one exciting cliffhanger after another when you discover adventure with the one and only Indiana Jones.

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Indiana Republicans Look For Path Forward After Mike Pence ‘Religious Freedom’ Mess

WASHINGTON — In Indiana these days, no one, including the GOP, is happy with Gov. Mike Pence (R).

On April 2, Pence signed a revised version of Indiana’s widely denounced “religious freedom” law, closing the door on a controversy that had brought national scorn to his state and cost local economies valuable tourism dollars.

“It didn’t do our brand any good, for sure. One, it didn’t do the state brand any good. Two, it didn’t do the Indiana Republican Party brand any good. And three, it didn’t do Mike any good. And that’s pretty obvious,” said former Indiana GOP Chair Jim Kittle.

Since that time, Pence has kept his head down and largely stayed out of the spotlight. But behind the scenes in Indiana, many Republicans are still seething and looking for ways to retake control of the party’s direction. And the results of those discussions are likely to become more public in the coming days, now that the Indiana General Assembly has wrapped up its legislative session.

One Republican operative in the state, who declined to be named in order to speak openly, said the Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy brought to the forefront “a simmering disconnect between the [former Gov.] Mitch Daniels-era people and the Mike Pence people.” Others took issue with that description, saying the real divide is broader: between Pence and, essentially, the rest of the state Republican Party.

Daniels, who served from 2005 to 2013 and is now the president of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, still inspires intense loyalty among many Republicans in the state. He helped bring the state party out of the wilderness after 16 years of Democratic governors. Daniels made fiscal issues his focus, declaring a “truce” on social issues (although he did sign a bill defunding Planned Parenthood in 2011).

Pence, on the other hand, was known as a strong social conservative in Congress, where he served from 2001 to 2013. When Pence ran for governor, he followed in Daniels’ footsteps and largely stayed away from social issues. But the RFRA controversy has seemingly confirmed many people’s lingering fears that Pence would revert back to his old self and steer the party, and the state, far to the right.

“There’s always been kind of, in the back of people’s heads, a concern about what Mike Pence could end up doing to hurt [the successful state GOP] brand,” the Republican operative told The Huffington Post.

RFRA was not on Pence’s agenda. Rather, it was pushed by the GOP leaders who control the state legislature. But Pence essentially became the face of the bill — and, for many in the country, the face of discrimination in Indiana.

On March 29, Pence went on ABC’s “This Week” to try and mitigate the growing controversy over the law he’d recently signed. He repeatedly refused to answer the question of whether the measure would allow businesses to deny service to same-sex couples, and his evasion turned the simmering controversy into a full-blown mess. (Pence later said he didn’t believe the measure would allow for that, although he acknowledged that the law had to be clarified to make that explicit.)

But the damage was done. Organizations pulled their conferences from the state, musicians canceled concerts and businesses said they would give Indiana a wide berth.

“We continue to be stunned by just how wide and deep the animosity is — in Republican strongholds — against Governor Mike Pence (R) and the Republican Party, in that order,” wrote Ed Feigenbaum, who covers the ins and outs of Indiana state politics, in the April 13 edition of the newsletter Indiana Legislative Insight. “While undoubtedly there is a different narrative in out-state rural areas that were not subject to the same intense media coverage and social network squawking as in Central Indiana, urban areas, and college towns, the big takeaway is that the Governor and his party are in deep trouble.”

That trouble shows in the polls. A recent Howey Politics Indiana (HPI) poll shows Pence’s favorable rating at just 35 percent, and his unfavorable rating at 38 percent. And in a recent poll from the Human Rights Campaign, 53 percent of Indiana voters said that Pence’s signing of RFRA made them feel unfavorably toward the governor. Only 38 percent said they felt favorably.

“I’ve been covering Indiana politics for three decades, and I don’t recall a sitting governor experiencing that kind of decline over this short period of time like we’ve seen here,” said Brian Howey, publisher of HPI.

The dissatisfaction with Pence spilled into public view on April 15, when Bill Oesterle, the CEO of Indianapolis-based Angie’s List, announced his resignation and his intention to return to politics. Oesterle ran Daniels’ 2004 gubernatorial campaign, is a major donor in the party and was a vociferous critic of RFRA.

Immediately, speculation in Indiana centered around whether Oesterle would challenge Pence in a primary, presenting a pro-LGBT candidate who would no doubt have strong appeal — and fundraising potential — in the business community.

Oesterle is still figuring out his plans, but he recently told Indianapolis Star political columnist Matthew Tully that he may instead look to shape the party from the outside, with a new political organization to counter the influence of social conservatives.

“The primary chatter underestimates the work that is needed,” he said. “It diminishes the magnitude of the work that has to [be] done. That’s the work of putting the party in a position once again in which it has the support of the majority of the voters in this state. We have, because of what has been done, the very real risk of permanently alienating a large bloc of Hoosiers. That’s going to be hard to overcome.”

Kittle called Oesterle “a fabulous guy” and “a good friend.” He said Oesterle could have an impact on the Indiana GOP by perhaps serving “as a conduit for some folks who, at this point, think this party has gone too far to the right.”

But it’s not just the moderate wing that’s mad at Pence — he has managed to anger the right as well. Many conservatives who supported RFRA were incensed when the governor agreed to the legislative “fix” that prevents businesses from denying services to same-sex couples.

Twenty religious leaders, including a pastor who had literally stood behind Pence at his private signing ceremony for RFRA, held a rally this week, where they rebuked the governor for his “betrayal” of them. And there is speculation that Pence could even face a primary challenge from the right when he’s up for re-election in 2016.

“I think it would be very hard for anyone — assuming Mike’s going to run, and I’m virtually positive he is — so assuming he runs, I think it would be very difficult to win a primary [against him],” said Kittle. “I don’t think it would be helpful, either, because it could then put the Republican Party at an even further disadvantage [in the general election]. We didn’t win by a landslide last time.”

Neither Pence’s campaign nor the Indiana GOP returned requests for comment.

On Thursday, Pence received his first Democratic challenger: former Indiana state House Speaker John Gregg, who narrowly lost to Pence in 2012. In his announcement, Gregg said that under Pence, “Indiana has been given a bad name.”

In the meantime, Pence is picking up the pieces. The state recently spent $ 2 million to bring in a public relations firm to help rebuild Indiana’s image in the wake of the RFRA fiasco. Feigenbaum told HuffPost it was a good sign that Pence recently hired Matt Lloyd, his communications director from his time in Congress, to run his press shop in Indianapolis.

“Matt is a big-time, big-picture guy who knows how to maneuver Pence around petty politics and through serious politics,” said Feigenbaum. “[He] understands the politics of policy, unlike some other Pence aides.”

“I think Mike’s really going to have to reach out to diverse communities, whether it’s the business community, which has been very supportive of him up to now, or it’s the LGBT community,” said Kittle. “I think he does understand that this was not the right time and the right thing to do. It was a mistake. I believe he feels that way. I think he’ll have to express that.”

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Obama And Joe Biden Are So Close They Can’t Get Served In Indiana

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are apparently so close, Obama says they have trouble getting served in some places in Indiana.

“I tease Joe sometimes, but he has been at my side for seven years, I love that man,” Obama said during the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner on Saturday. “He’s not just a great vice president, he is a great friend.

“We’ve gotten so close that in some places in Indiana, they won’t serve us pizza anymore,” Obama joked.

Obama was referring to the controversial Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would have permitted businesses to cite their religious beliefs as grounds to deny service to LGBT individuals. During the controversy, one pizzeria drew attention for saying that it would refuse to cater a gay wedding.

The bill was eventually amended by the Indiana legislature to clarify that it did not sanction discrimination.

Obama also made fun of former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Penn.), who said recently that he would not attend a gay wedding. Obama joked that gay couples probably wouldn’t want to invite Santorum anyway.

“That’s not going to be a problem,” Obama said.

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Tig Notaro On The Anti-Gay Pizza Restaurant In Indiana: ‘It’s Sickening’

Memories Pizza, the Indiana restaurant that said it would refuse to cater gay weddings under the state’s controversial religious freedom law, has raised more than $ 800,000 from supporters who have no problem with the discrimination against LGBT customers. Comedian Tig Notaro is definitely not one of those supporters.

“It’s so odd,” Notaro said Friday. “When you’re denying people services based on who they are, it’s like you’re removing their homes, food — it’s sickening.”

The comedian discussed the controversy surrounding Indiana’s law with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and hosts Roy Sekoff and Marc Lamont Hill during the premiere of “The HuffPost Show.”

Notaro’s new comedy special, “Knock Knock, It’s Tig Notaro,” premieres April 17 on Showtime.

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Memories Pizza In Indiana Receives Donations After Backlash Over Gay Weddings Stance

An Indiana pizzeria under fire for saying it would refuse to cater a gay wedding shut down on Wednesday after its owners said they received threatening messages.

However, a GoFundMe page set up for Memories Pizza in Walkerton has raised more than $ 40,000 in just six hours.

The pizzeria made national headlines this week when its owners called the business a “Christian establishment” and said the state’s contentious Religious Freedom Restoration Act would allow it to refuse to make pizzas for a hypothetical gay wedding.

That led to a flood of angry reviews on Yelp as well as the threatening messages.

I don’t know if we will re-open, or if we can, if it’s safe to re-open,” co-owner Crystal O’Connor told TheBlaze, the news network run by conservative talk show host Glenn Beck. “We’re in hiding basically, staying in the house.”

The fundraiser was set up by Dana Loesch of TheBlaze, and Lawrence B. Jones III, a contributor to the network.

“Nobody should ever have to suffer or suffer alone for their faith, for standing up for Christian principles,” Loesch said on her broadcast.

Earlier in the day, Memories co-owner Kevin O’Conner said he would serve a gay customer in his store, but wouldn’t provide pizzas for a gay wedding.

That lifestyle is something they choose. I choose to be heterosexual,” O’Conner told ABC 57. “They choose to be homosexual. Why should I be beat over the head to go along with something they choose?”

O’Conner also told the Daily Beast that he had never been asked to cater a gay wedding.

“I don’t turn anybody away from the store, I don’t have a problem with gay people,” he was quoted as saying. “I just don’t condone the marriage.”

After the story went viral, the restaurant’s Yelp page quickly filled with negative reviews and images. However, those reviews will likely be removed as they do not describe a firsthand customer experience at the business.

“Non-germane, media-fueled reviews typically violate our Content Guidelines,” a Yelp spokesperson told The Huffington Post. “One of these deals with relevance. For example, reviews aren’t the place for rants about a business’s employment practices, political ideologies, extraordinary circumstances, or other matters that don’t address the core of the consumer experience.”

Reviews that don’t meet guidelines are generally removed.

The Huffington Post’s Cavan Sieczkowski contributed to this report.
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Anarchy Arrives in Indiana as America’s 21st Century Religious War Heats Up

The first shot was fired last week in America’s 21st century version of Europe’s 17th century religious “Thirty Year’s War.” Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed SB 101 into law, in a private ceremony attended by Christian, Jewish and Muslim fundamentalists, as well as anti-gay religious extremists. Indiana’s law is a version of a state Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), but one which undermines the rule of law and encourages religious vigilantism. I believe this is a not a bad thing for the LGBT community, and an even more momentous event for America.

What, you ask, could possibly be good for gay America in a bill which legitimizes discrimination? And how can this possibly be a productive moment for Americans, considering the tsunami of these “religious liberty” bills that include the twenty states that already have a RFRA, with many others planning their own special ones, all on top of the federal RFRA?

Why is this important for the LGBT community? Kerry Eleveld, a long-time reporter who was the first White House correspondent for LGBT issues after Obama became President, just wrote a piece for Daily Kos where she said,

I am only left to conclude that while [HRC President Chad] Griffin was and still is very much invested in marriage equality, his heart simply isn’t in the fight to beat back the backlash that marriage equality has exacted.

As she noted, both Michaelangelo Signorile and I have written about the very noticeable absence of the Human Rights Campaign from the battlefield of state RFRAs and pre-emption laws over the past few months. A graphics designer from Brooklyn, Scott Wooledge, is the leader of the national grassroots efforts. The non-profit bureaucracy seems to have no plan. But it’s not just HRC – there is no organized community strategy for dealing with this resistance movement which has suddenly become extremely dangerous and a threat to bring on open organized hostility. A number of people have tried to organize a strategy, beginning last year after the Supreme Court ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, and its impact on the attempt to pass ENDA in Congress. The Hobby Lobby decision not only defined corporations as persons with respect to basic freedoms, it also elevated religious liberty beyond the longstanding interpretation of the First Amendment. At the time LGBT leaders became so concerned that they basically withdrew support from any attempt to pass ENDA in the House (not that there was ever a chance, given Speaker Boehner’s oft-repeated insistence the law was not needed). In spite of all the hand-wringing and hair-pulling, no concerted effort was made to prepare for the future. That future is now, and as we’ve seen by the silence on the Arkansas preemption law and absence of any significant institutional campaigns to prevent the Indiana, and now Arkansas (HB 1228) and Georgia (SB 129) RFRA bills, the paucity of preparation is glaring.

But in that crisis, that lack of preparedness for what seems like a blitzkrieg from the Right, lies opportunity. Why is the Indiana bill so important? Because unlike the preceding state RFRAs, modeled after the federal version of 1993, this bill makes every person a law unto himself, trusting in his personal sense of religious faith or conscience, and not subject to any state law. It overcomes the limitations placed into the preceding state laws, and effectively guts the laws of contract, consumer protection, anti-discrimination, and even traffic laws, as long as a person has a sincerely held religious belief, however he chooses to define it. It allows private parties to sue one another, and individuals free to sue state actors such as teachers and EMTs. It allows Jews to sue Christians, and Christians, Jews (and Muslims). It even allows gays to turn away believers, as shown hilariously in this short video spoof from Wayne Besen of Truth Wins Out.

It is the state’s burden to show a persuasive reason why any violation should be overturned, based on a compelling state interest. And since every American is entitled to be his own church, a “religion of one,” with its own rules and belief system, this is a libertarian’s wet dream. Or, more concisely, Indiana is now an anarchist state.

Let’s not forget that the original purpose of this bill – unlike the purpose of the federal RFRA and the preceding 19 state RFRAs – is to deny equality to Indiana’s LGBT citizens. In fear of the impending nationalization of marriage equality by the Supreme Court in June, this is the big one-finger-salute red states are offering in return. The discrimination has already begun.

Why is this a momentous event for America? Because this law is a brazen overreach by fundamentalists who have claimed victim status for decades. It makes a mockery of the concept of religious liberty, and tears down the wall separating church and state, threatening to turn the United States into the 21st century version of the Holy Roman Empire. Their Christian persecution complex has led to this gross, and I would hope, unconstitutional act, and the backlash (#BoycottIndiana) was immediate.

First Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com cut ties, followed by Yelp and then Angie’s List shelving plans for an expansion in their home city of Indianapolis. The gamer convention Gen Con, the NCAA (the Final Four is in Indianapolis this coming weekend), the NFL, the NBA, the Big Ten, Cummins Engine, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Indiana University, Apple, the Mayor of Indianapolis, the Mayor of Seattle, the Governor of Montana, the Disciples of Christ and the White House, which had ignored Arkansas last month, stepped up. And even NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley.

The Governor first lied about the bill’s meaning and claimed we were all misreading it:

This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it. … For more than 20 years, the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act has never undermined our nation’s anti-discrimination laws, and it will not in Indiana.

But now he has backtracked and is asking for clarification. The simple ask that has to be made is to amend the law with explicit LGBT protections as part of a carve-out in the bill, as well as stand-alone legislation. I’m not holding my breath, based on the Governor’s non-responses to questions about legalized discrimination posed by George Stephanopoulos on ABC News’ “This Week.” In the meantime I’d like to ask all people of faith with intent to discriminate to put a sign in their establishment’s window or website stating their intent to discriminate. “No gays, Jews, dogs allowed.” You know the drill. If they have no shame, let these good people of faith say so proudly.

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The Right is fighting back, invoking President Clinton and the federal RFRA, lying about the significance of this bill compared to the other state laws and the federal law. The Weekly Standard acknowledges the difference – “Indiana’s RFRA makes it explicit that the law applies to persons engaged in business as well as citizens in private lawsuits” – and then misleads about its significance throughout the article. This type of response will continue, and encourage bigots to believe they will be tolerated by the state and immune from policing. This will get ugly, because it is a very deliberate provocation meant to create real conflict. Let’s not forget that “religious liberty” was not long ago used to justify racism in America, and that the Klan had a huge membership in Indiana. It was 23 years ago that Pat Buchanan called for a expansion of the cultural cold war at the Republican National Convention, and that war has now become hot in Indiana. The first shot was fired from the statehouse in Indianapolis, but unlike at Fort Sumter in Charleston in 1861, the forces of reason will not be surrendering. They will be blogging, tweeting, demonstrating, lobbying business, and creating comedy skits and videos. SNL got into the act. It even looks like a neologism has been coined – “pence” as a verb, as in “Wow, I just penced up my political career with one stroke of the pen!”
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence Seeks To ‘Clarify’ ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence says he would support legislation to “clarify the intent” of a new state law that has attracted widespread criticism over concerns it could allow discrimination against gay people.

In an interview Saturday with the Indianapolis Star (http://indy.st/1MhuY1d), the Republican governor said he’s been in discussions with legislative leaders this weekend. He expects that a clarification bill will be introduced this coming week to the religious objections law he signed Thursday.

He declined to provide details but told the newspaper that making gay and lesbian Indiana residents a protected legal class is “not on my agenda.”

Pence disputes the law allows state-sanctioned anti-gay discrimination, as some Indiana businesses, convention organizers and others have argued. He says he didn’t anticipate “the hostility that’s been directed at our state.”

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, http://www.indystar.com

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Salesforce CEO Cancels Company Events In Indiana After Passage of Anti-Gay Law

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff canceled the company’s events in Indiana after Gov. Mike Pence signed a law on Thursday that could protect business owners who refuse to serve LGBT couples.

“Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination,” Benioff tweeted.

That followed a tweet from Benioff on Wednesday, saying that the San Francisco-based cloud-computing company would reduce its investment in Indiana as a result of “outrage” over the bill, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law will let individuals and corporations use their religious beliefs as a defense if they are sued for denying service to LGBT customers.

Benioff did not immediately return requests for further comment.

Benioff, along with top executives from six other tech companies in Indiana, had sent a letter last week to Pence, urging him to veto the bill.

“We firmly believe in the separation of church and state as provisioned in the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States,” the letter reads. “The RFRA clearly blurs that line and opens the door to blatant discrimination.”

The National Collegiate Athletic Association also expressed concern over the law and reiterated its pursuit of “an inclusive environment,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement.

“Moving forward, we intend to closely examine the implications of this bill and how it might affect future events as well as our workforce,” Emmert said.

Pence defended freedom of religion in a statement announcing his signing of the bill on Thursday. “This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it,” Pence said.
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Broadway Star Audra McDonald Slams Indiana Governor Over Anti-Gay Bill

Broadway star Audra McDonald is not a fan of Indiana Governor Mike Pence and his anti-gay legislation, and she let him know it.

Pence signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law Thursday. The bill allows companies to cite religious freedom in lawsuits if sued by a private party. Many worry this could legalize discrimination against the LGBT community, giving protection to business owners who refuse service to same-sex couples, for example.

Ahead of a planned performance in Indiana, McDonald railed against Pence on Twitter, listing implications the discriminatory bill could have for her and her band.

McDonald — who has had an expansive career in theater, television and studio recording — decided to keep the slated performance, but plans to give the money to the Human Right Campaign and Freedom Indiana, groups that fight for equal rights.

Others have spoken out against the bill, which takes affect July 1, including the NCAA, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff, the Disciples of Christ and Miley Cyrus, who called Pence an asshole in an Instagram post.

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Gen Con Threatens To Take Popular Convention, And Millions, Out Of Indiana Over Religious Freedom Bill

Organizers of Gen Con, said to be the largest gaming convention in the U.S., have threatened to take their event — and potentially millions of dollars — out of Indiana if Governor Mike Pence (R) signs a controversial religious freedom bill into law.

Senate Bill 101 will prohibit state and local governments from “substantially burdening someone’s religious beliefs, unless that entity can prove it’s relying on the least restrictive means possible to further a compelling governmental interest,” MSNBC reports.

Supporters of the bill say that the legislation will protect people and business owners with strong religious beliefs from government interference. Opponents contend that the law could sanction discrimination, particularly against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

“Gen Con proudly welcomes a diverse attendee base, made up of different ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds,” Adrian Swartout, owner and CEO of Gen Con, wrote in a letter sent to Pence this week. “Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state’s economy, and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years.”

Gen Con claims to be the “longest-running, best-attended, gaming convention in the world.” According to Swartout, more than 56,000 people attended the convention at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis last year. Swartout added that the convention pumps “more than $ 50 million dollars [into] the city” annually.

According to the Indianapolis Star, Gen Con is under contract to host the event in Indianapolis through 2020. A spokesperson told the news outlet that though there are currently “no plans to break the contract,” the state’s decision on the religious freedom bill “would factor into future decisions.”

Indiana’s Republican-controlled Senate gave the measure final approval on Tuesday with a 40-10 vote. The bill is now awaiting Pence’s signature.

In recent days, several personalities, including Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee, first openly gay pro athlete Jason Collins and “Star Trek” actor George Takei, have spoken out against the bill.

On Facebook Tuesday, Takei wrote:

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Visit Indy, the tourism bureau for Indianapolis, has expressed concern that the legislation could greatly impact tourism to the city. Losing Gen Con, in particular, “would be a huge loss,” Visit Indy vice president Chris Gahl told WXIN.

“Anytime something impacts our ability to market Indianapolis and drive convention business, we of course get concerned,” Gahl said.

Pence appears determined to sign the bill. Responding to Gen Con’s letter, a spokesperson told the Indianapolis Star: “The governor has been clear on where he stands on this issue and we don’t have anything to add at this time.”
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