Wilco‘s upcoming concert in Indianapolis is back on thanks to the state legislature’s choice to fix the recently signed Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
In the face of an overwhelming backlash to the law, which critics labeled a thinly veiled attempt to legalize discrimination based on sexuality, Indiana lawmakers worked fast to fix the law on Thursday. By the end of the day, they added language that specifies that the RFRA does not supersede local laws banning LGBT discrimination, which Gov. Mike Pence signed into law almost immediately.
Prior to that, everyone from Wilco, Miley Cyrus and Bleachers to home-state hero John Mellencamp blasted the law, with Wilco canceling their May 7 concert as a means of protest. But with the changes in effect, Wilco are happily returning to the state.
“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,” they wrote on Facebook.
“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. We’ll also donate a portion of the proceeds from this show to organizations fighting to build on the progress we hope this change makes in Indiana and beyond.”
Nicely played, Wilco.