Illinois Politicians Against Indiana Law

Illinois Republicans at the state and federal level don’t agree with Indiana’s religious freedom law. U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) doesn’t have anything nice to say about Indiana’s law, which he fears will allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians. Kirk says we should not enshrine bigotry (under) the cover of religion, adding that it’s not just bad practice, but he would say it’s basically un-American. Defenders of the law claim Illinois has a similar statute, but it similar in title only, not in contents. Illinois also has the 2006 Illinois Human Rights Act, which specifically prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Gov. Bruce Rauner says Indiana’s law doesn’t offer those protections, which he finds troubling. Rauner says he believes Indiana’s law may open the door for discriminatory behavior, and that would be bad. When asked if Illinois could benefit from businesses threatening to leave Indiana, Rauner said his legislative agenda will do more to attract businesses from other states.