Latest on Indiana's Law and Backlash

April 1, 2015

Many college leaders are speaking out against Indiana's new law allowing individuals and businesses to discriminate if they feel called upon by their religious beliefs to do so. Among the more notable reactions Tuesday:

  • Pat Haden, athletics director at the University of Southern California, announced he would skip a college football playoff meeting in Indianapolis this week. Haden wrote on Twitter: "I am the proud father of a gay son. In his honor, I will not be attending the C.F.P. committee meeting in Indy this week. #EmbraceDiversity"
  • The University of Connecticut announced that its men's basketball staff would stay away from meetings normally held at the Final Four, this year in Indianapolis, because "UConn is a community that values all of our members and treats each person with the same degree of respect, regardless of their background and beliefs and we will not tolerate any other behavior."
  • The University of Notre Dame, cited by many defenders of the law as a religious institution in need of protection, issued a statement that appeared to distance itself from the push for the law. The statement said in full: "Notre Dame’s name has been invoked with regard to Indiana's version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While the university does not comment on specific pieces of state legislation, and had no role in the passage of the Indiana statute, we reiterate our commitment as a Catholic university to maintaining a community where all are welcome and valued, to combating unjust discrimination wherever it occurs, and to respecting all rights, including, but not limited to, the foundational right to the free exercise of religion."

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