INDIANA CONTROVERSY: Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday he was steering clear of a controversy in Indiana over a religious liberties law that has raised concerns over possible discriminatory action toward gays and lesbians in the Hoosier State. Branstad told reporters he did not know enough about the political controversy in Indiana to comment but said Iowa’s approach has been and will be to treat everybody with respect and dignity.
Another Iowa politician, Democratic U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, however, issued a statement Monday hoping that companies in Indiana or businesses that were looking to move to Indiana would instead to take a look at basing their companies in Iowa, which he said has a history of leading the fight for civil rights based on race, gender or sexual orientation.
Last week, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a religious freedom restoration act that detractors say would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians who are not recognized as a protected class in that state as they are in Iowa.