Wilco Cancels Indiana Show, Against Religious Freedom Law
On Monday, Chicago-based band Wilco announced it will cancel its scheduled May 7 show in Indiana to oppose the religious freedom law.
Although Mike Pence had explained that the religious freedom law has been designed to protect certain freedoms, critics still argue that it will allow businesses and organizations to refuse services to gays and lesbians.
“The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us,” the band said in a statement on Facebook. “Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed.”
Other artists like Cher and Miley Cyrus have also spoken against the law. However, they are not looking to cancel their shows.
Singer and actress Audra McDonald has tweeted that the money she will make at her shows in Indiana might be donated to associations and organizations fighting against the law. Jack Antonoff, lead singer and songwriter for Bleachers, said he will protest the law through his shows.
“I don’t believe in canceling shows in places where awful laws are being passed, I believe in going in SPEAKING OUT,” he tweeted. “The recent legislation in Indiana that Gov. Mike Pence signed is repulsive and I fully intend to make that known when I’m in the state.”
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, according to The Atlantic, will give businesses the liberty to refuse employment, housing, or any other public accommodations to LGBT individuals or same-sex couples by claiming “religious objection.”
According to Chicago Tribune, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has defended his stand on the law, while Republican legislative leaders said they are redeveloping the language of the law which should clarify how it does not promote discrimination against the LGBT community.
However, Democratic legislators are opposing the law.
The law has also been met with contestation from other states. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel sent letters to Indiana businesses suggesting they could relocate to a “welcoming place to people of all races, faiths and countries of origin.” Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe wrote an open letter to Indiana’s corporations saying Virginia does “not discriminate against our friends and neighbors.”
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