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Old 04-02-2015, 01:49 AM
 
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The Johnson County Board of Supervisors plans to put a "travel ban" on county travel to Indiana, and any states, that enacts a "religious freedom" law.

http://thegazette.com/subject/news/j...-laws-20150401
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Old 04-02-2015, 08:24 AM
 
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After serving as an openly gay member of the Johnson County Board of Supervisors for more than five years, Janelle Rettig says when she mentioned some of the travel bans being discussed in other states at a Wednesday work session, there was no debate, other supervisors immediately agreed, " You know it's symbolic to a degree, but we do go to conferences, I don't know how many people this will impact, but I think it's important for the greater community to say this is unacceptable.


Rettig says she's anxious to see if the University of Iowa may follow suit. The Hawkeyes and UNI both have athletes involved in events surrounding the NCAA Championships this weekend in Indianapolis. Panther Seth Tuttle is part of an All Star game and Iowa's Melissa Dixon is taking part in the three-point championship. Neither university has disclosed any plans to restrict travel or spending in Indiana thus far.
Rettig says as Iowa marks six years since same sex marriage became legal this Friday, it's disappointing that lawmakers in Des Moines have considered a similar "Religious Freedom" bill to the one now sparking controversy in Indiana and she fears one day it could still pass, " I'm just sick and tired of the debate and please just let us live our lives and stop coming up with more convoluted legislation to discriminate against us. You lost, it's over and you might as well move on."

Backlash From Indiana Law In Corridor - KGAN-TV CBS 2 Iowa - Top Stories

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Old 04-08-2015, 05:23 AM
 
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please just let us live our lives [/url]
This works both ways.
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Old 04-08-2015, 07:46 AM
 
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If the basis for "...just let us live our lives...", involves the desire to have protection to discriminate against any group of people for any reason, what exactly is the basis for a moral justification that such discrimination should be codified into law?
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:39 AM
 
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I am completely against the law in Indiana but I don't think travel should be restricted by Univ. of Iowa.
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Old 04-08-2015, 09:49 AM
 
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I am completely against the law in Indiana but I don't think travel should be restricted by Univ. of Iowa.
Yeah, that reminds me of the U of I's policy not to schedule teams that use Native American mascots, yet still they still have to play conference mate Illinois (yeah, they've since retired their Chief, but still use the nickname Fighting Illini).

I'm not against protesting the decision, but boycotting traveling to Indiana is just asinine.
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Old 04-20-2015, 12:30 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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I've heard lots of people talking about how Indiana's Religious Freedom Law allows businesses to discriminate against groups of people, particularly homosexuals.

I have yet to see anyone share the language that Indiana's law contains that similar laws passed by other states doesn't that makes it more discriminatory. I'm not saying that it's not there, just that I need to see it before I will buy into the controversy.

As far as I'm concerned, Johnson County's proposed action is really just a pandering move. Having been involved in county government in the state of Iowa I have a hard time trying to figure out why anyone would have to travel out of state on the county's dime anyway, much less two states away.
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:03 AM
 
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Do they need the ban? Since Illinois has a religious freedom law passed years ago, they are already effectively blocked off from the east.

Foolishness.
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:07 AM
 
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The Johnson County Board of Supervisors plans to put a "travel ban" on county travel to Indiana, and any states, that enacts a "religious freedom" law.

Johnson County supervisors to vote on travel ban to states with ‘religious freedom' laws | TheGazette
OK...20 states they must stay out of. Good luck with that!



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But Indiana is actually soon to be just one of 20 states with a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures
19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting - The Washington Post
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Old 04-22-2015, 11:27 AM
 
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This is the latest news on the travel ban ...

The Johnson County Board of Supervisors will not put a travel ban on county travel to Indiana in response to the state’s changes to their controversial religious freedom law.

At a Tuesday meeting of the elected officials and department head, Chairperson Pat Harney told the group that there will be no travel ban to Indiana for county business.

After the meeting, Harney said the ban to Indiana was a possibility, but that “the changes they have made to their law is more in line to our feelings on the matter, so we don’t feel the ban is necessary.”

On April 9, the supervisors passed a resolution supporting federal legislation that would “protect all people from discrimination based on age, color, creed, disability, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.”

The county also issued a travel advisory saying county employees “concerned about their safety or ability to travel free from discrimination should discuss the matter with their department head or elected official.”

The advisory also stated supervisors could prohibit “the use of public funds” to areas with such discrimination practices in the future.

No travel ban to Indiana for Johnson Co. employees
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