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The Huffington Post has a new article online on Konrad Juengling, who lives in Oregon, buying up the domain names for Republican State Representatives in the state of Indiana as a way to educate them in their support for the state’s controversial “religious freedom” bill.
It’s reported that Juengling purchased the “.com” domain names of Republican State Reps. Martin Carbaugh, Dale Devon, Douglas Gutwein, Kathy Kreag Richardson, Don Lehe and Donna Schaibley.
The websites all redirect to a page on the Human Rights Campaign website that shows statistics about LGBT youth in America.
The much publicized bill, The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, was signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence last month, and allows for individuals and corporations to cite religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party. Opponents of the bill believe the language used in the legislation was so broad, it would result in discrimination geared specifically towards LGBT individuals.
Gov. Pence eventually signed a revised version of the bill, clarifying that businesses could not use it to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
But Juengling wants Indiana lawmakers to introduce a nondiscrimination policy protecting LGBT people in the state.
In a letter to the 6 aforementioned Representatives, Juengling writes he’ll donate the domains back free of charge if they introduce the nondiscrimination policy, vote for it and pass it into law.
The 6 Reps mentioned aren’t the only that supported and voted for the RFRA but they are the ones whose domains were available.
So far, Juengling hasn’t been contacted.
You can read more by the Huffington Post at this link.