A firestorm of controversy still surrounds the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Indiana Governor Mike Pence recently signed the bill into law, it gives businesses the right to act in protection of their religious beliefs. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act is set to take effect on July 1.
Local businesses have been outspoken regarding their thoughts and opinions on the topic, and now one Terre Haute shop is reacting in a unique way. With the help of a local company Lindsay Probst of Terre Haute is taking a permanent stand against the Religious Freedom Act.
“Now its gays and soon we’re going to be returning to segregation. We’re taking two steps back from the one step forward we only took less than fifty years ago,” said Probst.
The Terre Haute Tattoo Company offered free ink on Monday for those eager to display their LGBT pride during what they call a time of discrimination.
“They are able to get three tattoos, either a heart, a triangle, or a rectangle, all with the rainbow colors in them,” said Matt Woolley, Owner of the Terre Haute Tattoo Company.
More than 100 people lined up to get their tattoo, some even travelled from more than an hour away.
“I got some chills outside because people were telling me thank you for supporting them,” said Woolley.
As a business owner, Woolley hopes to offer support.
“It doesn’t matter who you are and what you look like you’re more than welcome to get tattooed here,” he said.
Probst is just one of many who is thankful for the gesture.
“It the best idea any business could have had. It’s not illegal, it’s not violent, and it lets people speak out in a peaceful but expressive manner.”
As Probst walks away with a new tattoo she also feels a new sense of pride and empowerment.
“This is what I believe, this is what I feel, but I don’t have to come out and say it.”
The shop estimates they will tattoo more than 100 people by the close of the business day.