Daniels ‘heartsick’ over religious objections fallout

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University President Mitch Daniels says people are “heartsick” over the controversy that has erupted over a new Indiana law that critics charge would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians.

The former governor told the Journal & Courier that the outcry over the religious objections law has at least temporarily damaged a yearslong effort to establish Indiana as a business-friendly state.

The measure prohibits laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of “person” includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.

At least one organization has canceled its convention over the law, and many companies and governments have spoken against it.

Gov. Mike Pence says the law wasn’t meant to allow discrimination and has asked lawmakers to clarify its intent.

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Information from: Journal and Courier, http://www.jconline.com

 

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