Could NASCAR boycott upcoming race in Indiana due to controversial law?

NASCAR is scheduled to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26.  (Getty Images)

NASCAR is scheduled to race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 26. (Getty Images)

NASCAR joined the controversy Monday over Indiana’s new religious freedom act. The act according to many will allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers due to their personal beliefs.

The law, which takes effect July 1, doesn’t specifically mention gays and lesbians. Opponents however say it is designed to protect businesses and individuals who do not want to serve gays and lesbians, such as florists or caterers who might be hired for a same-sex wedding. In a statement, NASCAR said it was “disappointed” by the law.

“We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance,” NASCAR’s chief communications officer, Brett Jewkes, said in the emailed statement. “We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race.” MORE>>>

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