Wilco to Perform Indiana Show Following Changes to Religious Objections Law | NBC Chicago

Wilco to Perform Indiana Show Following Changes to Religious Objections Law

Chicago-based band initially cancelled its Indianapolis tour date Monday



    Governors of Indiana and Arkansas signed legislation Thursday that they hoped would quiet the national uproar over new religious objections laws that opponents say are designed to offer a legal defense for anti-gay discrimination. (Published Thursday, April 2, 2015)

    Wilco has had a change of heart.

    A day after Indiana lawmakers approved changes to the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, Wilco announced to fans that they will now perform their tour date originally scheduled for May 7 in Indianapolis.

    “We consider the changes to Indiana’s RFRA a good first step toward creating the sort of welcoming environment we encourage everywhere, so we’re reinstating our May 7 show at The Murat, which we canceled earlier this week,” the band posted to Facebook Friday morning. “To quote an Indiana University statement from yesterday, ‘religious liberty and equal protection under the law are both cornerstones of our democracy and they should not be in conflict with each other.’ Well said, IU.”

    The Chicago band’s decision to reinstate its Indianapolis performance comes just four days after its Monday afternoon announcement of refusing to perform in Indiana’s state capital.

    Members of Wilco voiced their disapproval of the state’s new measure, standing in solidarity with the backlash that has come against the state of Indiana after Gov. Mike Pence signed into effect a “Religious Freedom” bill that allows businesses to refuse service to gay, lesbian and transgender-identifying individuals.

    “The ‘Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us,” the band said in their statement Monday afternoon.

    Tickets for the band’s Indianapolis show that were previously purchased remain valid. Refunds are also available at point of purchase.

    “We’ve been putting on shows with our neighbors in Indiana for more than 20 years and are happy to continue that at the Murat in May,” the band said.

    Wilco says they will also donate a portion of the proceeds from the Indiana performance to organizations “fighting to build on the process [the band hopes] this change makes in Indiana and beyond.”

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