INDIANA–(ENEWSPF)–July 12, 2016. Donald Trump and Mike Pence are campaigning today in Indiana, where Trump has alienated Hoosiers with his attacks on Indiana-born U.S. District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel and his support of anti-LGBT legislation that is nearly identical to the discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) signed into law by Pence – legislation that allows companies and individuals to discriminate against LGBT Americans. Even after revision, the law embarrassed Hoosiers, hurt LGBT people and harmed Indiana’s economy.
“Trump’s attacks on a Hoosier-born judge were inappropriate and wrong,” said Christina Reynolds, deputy communications director of Hillary for America. “Trump supports anti-LGBT legislation that is even more discriminatory than Indiana’s now-revised anti-LGBT law, which was spearheaded by Pence. The law embarrassed Hoosiers, hurt LGBT people, and scared away businesses from investing, causing a $60 million economic loss in Indiana. Trump’s bigotry is not reflective of Hoosier hospitality and Hoosiers don’t want Trump to do to our country what Pence has done to their state.”
Trump made inappropriate and wrong comments about Judge Curiel, claiming that he is biased against Trump because of his Mexican heritage.
Trump: “In an interview, Mr. Trump said U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel had ‘an absolute conflict’ in presiding over the litigation given that he was ‘of Mexican heritage’ and a member of a Latino lawyers’ association.”
Indianapolis Star: Trump judge ‘a Hoosier and an American’
Trump supports the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill similar to Pence’s RFRA law, that would allow discrimination against the LGBT community, as well as single mothers and unmarried couples:
Trump: “If Congress considers the First Amendment Defense Act a priority, then I will do all I can to make sure it comes to my desk for signatures and enactment.”
Washington Blade: “The First Amendment Defense Act… on its face prohibits the federal government from taking action against individuals who oppose same-sex marriage… Critics say the legislation would go further and enable anti-LGBT discrimination — as well as potential bias against single mothers and unmarried couples.”
Trump’s support of the anti- LGBT bill, which could be even more discriminatory than the law that passed in Indiana, will likely garner strong opposition from job-creators who opposed Pence’s effort and won’t invest in economies where the LGBT community is unwelcome:
Angie’s List: “The chief executive of Angie’s List… said his company is halting its plans for a major expansion in Indianapolis.”
NCAA: “We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees.”
Chamber of Commerce: “Officials with the Indianapolis Chamber said the bill would result in ‘loss of business and inability to attract and retain talent.’”
Cities of San Francisco and Seattle: “The mayors of San Francisco and Seattle issued statements announcing bans on the spending of public funds for employees to travel to Indiana.”
Apple: “Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana’s new law.”
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