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美國印弟安那州州長解釋新法例並不歧視同性戀者,但疑慮未消

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A furor has erupted over an Indiana law that opponents say could give businesses the right to refuse service to gay people. And the controversy is reaching its height just as the Final Four comes to town.

The drafters of the law say that it was meant to protect free exercise of religion. Gov. Mike Pence, a possible Republican presidential candidate, has said that he might be open to clarifying the intent of the law.

Last February, then-Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona vetoed a similar law. “I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve,” she said at the time.

…he [Pence] sidestepped direct questions on whether the law sanctions discrimination. George Stephanopoulos, the anchor, then asked him: “Yes or no, should it be legal to discriminate against gays and lesbians?”

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But Indiana’s RFRA bill specifies that it applies in private lawsuits in addition to cases in which the government compels citizens, whereas many other states are ambiguous on the subject. (Pence mistakenly told Stephanopoulos that his bill did not apply to private lawsuits.)

Douglas Laycock, a law professor at the University of Virginia who consulted on the federal RFRA bill passed in 1993, said that the federal bill and state bills that copied its language are indeed meant to apply to all types of lawsuits. But he said the arguments that the laws discriminate against gays are new; their original intention was solely to protect minority religious groups from government intrusion.

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