If you believe Governor Mike Pence of Indiana is this all one big misunderstanding — one fueled by shoddy reporting. In spite of the law’s text Pence insists that the Indiana law does not give anyone the right to deny services. Technically he is correct in that the law provides only an affirmative defense to charges of discrimination. However, the net result is the same.
Pence is calling for a legislative fix. Other than recalling the law the only way to “fix” this is to identify sexual orientation and sexual identity as protected classes in Indiana. I doubt that is going to happen.
Gov. Pence claims that the law has been “smeared.” Pence now claims that he is offended. It remains to be seen if Indiana’s Republicans will offend our collective intelligence with a “fix” that is nothing more than window dressing.