The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has decided to relocate its 2015 National Women's Conference "as a direct result" of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R) signing a controversial religious freedom bill into law.Indiana Governor Mike Pence is still trying to salvage what little is left of his reputation and his state's economic future by saying the law has nothing to do with discrimination and just needs a little further clarification. Pence has yet to explain why he was surrounded by known bigots when he signed the law into effect.
AFSCME's decision to pull out of Indianapolis, Indiana, where it was scheduled to host its conference in October, was announced by AFSCME President Lee Saunders (pictured) on Monday.
"This un-American law allowing businesses to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers sets Indiana and our nation back decades in the struggle for civil rights," Saunders said in a statement. "It is an embarrassment and cannot be tolerated. The 1.6 million members of AFSCME cannot in good conscience make such a sizeable financial investment in Indiana knowing that women and men in that state are deliberately being targeted for discrimination."
Saunders added that the conference would be relocated as "a sign of our disgust and disappointment with Pence's discriminatory law."
And so that there is no mistake about how the citizens of the state feel, check out Tuesday's front page of the Indianapolis Star:
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