According to a report from the Huffington Post, Indiana governor Mike Pence is facing a possible wider boycott from sci-fi and gaming fans, led by Star Trek icon George Takei, over Senate Bill 101.
Supporters say the bill will protect freedom of religion from state scrutiny, while opponents say the bill will legalize discrimination against same-sex couples.
“Such laws harken back to a time where our society was divided, and people of color were banned from white establishments,” Takei wrote on his Facebook page. “That is not our nation any longer, and those are not our values.”
“To the governor and to the legislators in Indiana who support this backward-looking and divisive bill, I say to you this: If it goes into effect, Indiana will be marked as a state where certain people are not welcome, and so we will not visit,” Takei added. “We will not spend. And we will not attend events, including GenCon, the world’s largest gaming convention, held in Indianapolis each year.”
“We might not be able to stop Pence from signing the bill, just like we weren’t able to stop Republican lawmakers from passing it in the first place, but that doesn’t mean we have to let the Statehouse tell our story,” The Indianapolis Star’s Erika D. Smith wrote. “We can’t afford to do that. The price is just too high. We are the city that stands to lose the most from this discriminatory nonsense masquerading as freedom. Those small towns in Indiana, they will feel it eventually, but Indianapolis is up first.”