A new Indiana law designed to keep the government from forcing business owners to act against their religious beliefs draws fierce criticism. Nathan Frandino reports.
Thousands in Indiana are protesting against a new state law that they say supports discrimination against gay people while its supporters contend it promotes religious freedom. Governor Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law on Thursday after it was passed by the Republican-led state legislature. (SOUNDBITE) (English) GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE, INDIANA REPUBLICAN, SAYING: "This is not about legalizing discrimination. It's about restricting the government's ability to intrude on the religious liberty of our citizens." The law is not comforting for married couple Rachel Cowgill and Amy Knopf. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMY KNOPF, INDIANA RESIDENT, SAYING: "I don't want my child living in an environment where she's made to feel that her family is less than other families." The law is already drawing criticism from various business leaders. Even Cowgill and Knopf are worried about their jobs. (SOUNDBITE) (English) AMY KNOPF, INDIANA RESIDENT, SAYING: "Both of our employers have sent out notices about not wanting to be here." Others like custom leather maker Casey Samson support the law. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CASEY SAMSON, BUSINESS OWNER, SAYING: "We're not here to discriminate. We're here to serve anybody we can. But just as they have the right to live their life their way, I believe we should have the right to live how we want to." In response to the fierce opposition, Governor Pence told local media that he would work to clarify the law's intentions.