Facing an ever-growing backlash to Indiana’s new anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ law, Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) and House Speaker Brian Bosma (R-Indianapolis) held an emergency press conference to clarify that the new law doesn’t allow businesses and individuals to deny service to LGBT people on religious grounds.
Unfortunately for the Republican leader, the press conference backfired after Bosma admitted Monday that discriminating against LGBT people was legal in most of the state — but not because of a new “religious freedom” law, RawStory reports.
A savvy reporter noted that Indiana does not currently have a state law that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
“You guys have said repeatedly that we shouldn’t be able to discriminate against anyone, but if you just ignore the existence of this law, can’t we already do that now? Can’t so-and-so in Richmond put a sign up and say ‘No Gays Allowed?’” she asked. “That’s not against the law, correct?”
“It would depend,” Bosma replied. “If you were in a community that had a human rights ordinance that wouldn’t be the case.”
“But most of the state does not have that, correct?” the reporter pressed.
“That’s correct,” Bosma admitted.
Watch the press conference below: