Ex-NBA star asks Pence if he will be discriminated against under 'Religious Freedom' bill

Jason Collins
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The first openly gay NBA player has called out Governor Mike Pence for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

The House passed the bill, officially known as SB 101, Monday, 63-31. Some minor changes were made to it in the House, so it will first go back to the Senate for approval of those changes, but is expected to pass without issue. It would then go to the governor's desk for his signature to become law, and he has already said he looks forward to doing so.

Later Monday night, Jason Collins tweeted at Gov. Pence, asking if it is "going to be legal for someone to discriminate against me & others when we come to the #FinalFour?"

Supporters say the bill will allow those with religious beliefs the opportunity to refuse to sell products or perform services that violate those beliefs. For example, a Christian pharmacist who objects to dispensing abortion pills would be allowed not to sell them and a conservative caterer who doesn't support same-sex marriage would be allowed to decline working at gay weddings.

"Protecting a caterer's right on faith principals, to deny catering a fundraising event for an abortion business, while protecting a property owner's right, based on faith principles, to deny renting or selling a property to be used for an abortion clinic," Mike Fichter from Indiana Right to Life testified Monday.

Opponents say that effectively amounts to government-sanctioned discrimination. An Indianapolis city-county councilor took what may be the opposite approach. Zach Adamson hung a sign at his salon, Urban Designs, declaring, "We reserve the right to refuse service to Indiana state legislators (And others whose backward thinking continue [to] embarrass the good people of Indiana)."

Michael Huber with the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce replied to Collins' tweet, saying the Chamber opposes the bill, "and Indy will welcome you and ALL visitors to our town. See you next week!"