Some cities outside of Indianapolis say they are starting to see the potential economic impact of the existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
The University of Buffalo announced it’s canceling upcoming tennis and softball games at Ball State University in Muncie.
And the Mid-American Conference and the National Forensic Association have also reconsidered future games and tournaments in Muncie.
City leaders in Whiting, Indiana say they’re worried the controversy will hurt attendance at a popular summer festival which attracts around 350,000 people every year and brings in millions of dollars to the local economy.
Whiting Mayor Joe Stahura says “We’re very concerned, of course, about Pierogi Fest. When you have a large festival and you draw from so many different parts of the country, we’re afraid people will assume that because it’s in Indiana that there’s some negative connection to the religious freedom bill.”
We will be watching the Indiana legislature all morning as they prepare to meet on the new language for the law.