NASCAR joins in condemnation of Indiana ‘intolerance’ law
The macho sport of NASCAR racing last week joined the ranks of sporting organisations criticising Indiana lawmakers for supporting intolerance.
NASCAR was protesting Indiana’s recently enacted Religious Freedom Restoration Act which protects business owners who want to decline services to gays, lesbians and others on the basis of sexual orientation.
“NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana,” NASCAR Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer Brett Jewkes said in a statement.
“We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race.”
The news led to a spate of Twitter comments such as “When NASCAR says you’ve gone too far, man, you have gone too far” and “NASCAR Decries Indiana Anti-Gay Law. And when NASCAR calls you homophobic, you are homo-friggin’-phobic”
NASCAR followed the lead of the NBA, WNBA, NCAA and others.
One of the few major sports organizations that hasn’t spoken out against the law is the NFL; however, Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Isray made his feelings plain last week when he Tweeted, "The Colts have always embraced inclusiveness, tolerance and a diverse fan base. We welcome ALL fans to Colts Nation. ONE FAMILY!"
Indiana Governor Mike Pence said the state would somehow “fix” the law so it will not allow discrimination, but said he has no plans to repeal the bill.
As reported last week the US LGBTI Sports Coalition has called for a boycott of Indiana for upcoming major sporting events.