Wilco cancels Indiana show in wake of controversial ‘religion freedom’ law

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INDIANAPOLIS — The band Wilco is among those now taking a stand against Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom law.”

The Chicago-based band tweeted Monday afternoon that they are cancelling their May 7th concert in Indianapolis saying it ” feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination.”

Indiana’s republican Governor Mike Pence signed a bill last week prohibiting state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The definition of “person” includes religious institutions, businesses and associations.

The law’s supporters say it will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds.

Some critics claim the law legalizes discrimination against gays.

Gov. Pence says the law has been unfairly characterized in the media.

Indiana legislators have promised to fix it to clarify the intent.