Honda Indiana is Cool with the Gays, Too
Controversy has been erupting ever since Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say allows for-profit companies to deny service to gays and lesbians. Mike Pence has denied that, but outraged businesses and organizations have been voicing their displeasure with the measure, including Subaru, NASCAR, and now, Honda.
“Discrimination in any form is contrary to Honda’s fundamental belief in respect for the individual,” said Rick Schostek, Executive Vice President of Honda North America, in a written statement. “We encourage the legislature to take action to assure that Indiana is a welcoming place to visit, live, work and do business.”
Pence recently confirmed that the legislature will be taking that action soon, saying he wants a bill on his desk by the end of the week that makes it “clear the law does not allow businesses the right to deny services to anyone.”
Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg, Indiana, produces the Civic Sedan, Civic Natural Gas, and Civic Hybrid. The 1,600-acre site was designed to have the smallest environmental footprint of all North American auto plants. And, it turns out, they think it’s okay to be gay.
In fact, it seems that a lot of people these days think that it’s okay to be gay. And that’s good news for society, bad news for Pence’s reelection chances.