This law does not give businesses the right to deny services to anyone.
The government – in the form of laws – is the only reason that businesses are currently prohibited from doing certain things, including denying services to certain classes of people.
So, in spite of Mike Pence’s assertion that the law only applies to government action, this is what the law says:
Sec. 1. This chapter applies to all governmental entity statutes, ordinances, resolutions, executive or administrative orders, regulations, customs, and usages, including the implementation or application thereof, regardless of whether they were enacted, adopted, or initiated before, on, or after July 1, 2015
Pence is lying.
Sec. 8. (a) Except as provided in subsection (b), a governmental entity may not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability. (b) A governmental entity may substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion only if the governmental entity demonstrates that application of the burden to the person: (1) is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; and (2) is the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.
Sec. 9. A person whose exercise of religion has been substantially burdened, or is likely to be substantially burdened, by a violation of this chapter may assert the violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial or administrative proceeding, regardless of whether the state or any other governmental entity is a party to the proceeding. If the relevant governmental entity is not a party to the proceeding, the governmental entity has an unconditional right to intervene in order to respond to the person’s invocation of this chapter.
The government – in the form of law – is the only thing requiring those people (and whether anyone wants to believe it or acknowledge it, there are substantial numbers) and the businesses they operate who believe that their religion gives them the right to have nothing to do with non-whites and non-christians not to post ‘coloreds need not apply’ and ‘no coloreds allowed’ signs.
And that is all in addition to matters of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Mike Pence’s law gives any person and/or business with a feigned, er…, claimed religious belief a get-out-of-court-free card against any action brought by a member of a disfavored minority pursuant to government-enacted anti-discrimination law.
Pence is lying and his defenders are either lying or stupid.
If Pence continues to lie about the law, the demands should cease being only for repeal of SB 101 and/or enactment of sexual orientation and gender identity protections and should instead include a demand that Mike Pence resign.
After all, lying is a damnable sin…