BREAKING NEWS: INDY 500 CANCELLED DUE TO INDIANA’S NEW ANTI-GAY LAW

Photo: oregonlive.com
Photo: oregonlive.com

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (The Adobo Chronicles) –  This has been the biggest fallout yet since Governor Mike Pence signed Indiana’s anti-gay law legalizing discrimination against gay people based on religious belief.

The Indianapolis 500, or Indy 500, scheduled for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, has been scrapped and is being moved to Daytona Beach, Florida. Indy 500 is an automobile race held annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, an enclave suburb of Indianapolis. It is contested as part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, the top level of American Championship Car racing.

The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, is considered part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport, which comprises three of the most prestigious motorsports events in the world.  It attracts up to 300,000 racing fans, bringing  lots of dollars to companies and local businesses.

Daytona Beach is home to the Daytona International Speedway is a race track which is host to the Daytona 500, the most prestigious race in NASCAR.

In announcing the cancellation, both NASCAR and Verizon said that the decision was in solidarity with the LGBT community which “has suffered enough discrimination not only by political and religious conservatives but also by super macho groups, especially the organizers of major sports events like football and car racing.”

“Daytona Beach is certainly more gay-friendly,” NASCAR and Verizon said.

Upon hearing the news, Governor Pence reportedly suffered a nervous breakdown and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. His communications director said he is now stable and has been discharged. The governor has been advised, however, not to read newspapers or watch TV news, and to refrain from logging on to his Facebook and other social media accounts in the next week or so. “More negative fallout from the newly-signed law could only aggravate his medical condition,” his doctor said.

18 thoughts on “BREAKING NEWS: INDY 500 CANCELLED DUE TO INDIANA’S NEW ANTI-GAY LAW”

  1. This is probably one of the stupidest articles I’ve read online. For starters, the picture at the top isn’t even of the Indy 500. Then add the fact that NASCAR has nothing to do with the Indy 500, and probably the most glaring fact of them all, that I’ve never seen anything described as anti-gay in my decades of participating in the race. I mean, Jim Nabors, who has been openly gay for decades now, has sung “Back Home Again in Indiana” moments before the start command for 35 years. His age and declining health forced him to retire from singing it after last year’s performance, but he is like a hero at the track, and a very close friend to the family that owns the track.

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  2. WRONG RACE FOLKS…..the car pictures is for the BRICKYARD 500…..NOT the INDY 500…..if you are going to report about something i suggest; GETTING YOUR FACTS RIGHT.

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  3. Besides, as much as I would hope NASCAR would ever make a bold stance, it is not true that it has been cancelled or moved.
    Imagine NASCAR, who’s spectator are the bubbas of the bible belt and NASCAR making a pro-gay/lesbian decision….don’t hold your breath.

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    1. “who’s spectator are the bubbas of the bible belt”?

      And I thought you gays hated stereotypes. One, I don’t think you even know what a Bubba is. And two, the average Southerner is as tolerant as anybody is anywhere else.

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      1. Thank you, Jim. As a Southerner, I appreciate when someone calls prejudice out. I am weary of the comments I see blanketing all Southerners as racist. Don’t you guys realize that when you make that sort of statement you are substituting one form of prejudice for another? I grew up in the 60’s, in the South, but my progressive parents would never have made such nasty generalizations nor express such disdain for another being, race or culture. Be aware of what you are saying and perhaps think twice before you say or type something you can not erase.

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    2. Martin Wiescholek. A person’s goodness is not a reflection of their Bubba sterotype. I know many, many good hearted country folk and rednecked men who support gay people. You are the nasty bigot here.

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  4. Sounds to me like the state of Indiana is homophobic, most of all the governor. First he claims he will consider an amendment to the religious law he signed, then states he stands by the law. Next, he bans RAINBOW colored Easter eggs. Angie’s list is not going to expand and create jobs, rumor that the Indy 500 is cancelling.
    Some stupid shit.

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  5. The Indianapolis 500 has not been canceled or moved, nor would it be moved to Daytona; it would not be safe. Indycars race at a higher speed than Nascar, and especially Daytona requires Nascars to have restrictor plates, which keep speeds down.

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      1. If the law said you could refuse service according to religious belief based on race, would it be racist? If you could refuse service based on age, or sex, or another religion, would that be a problem? If the answer is yes, then the law is unconstitutional. The people claiming it aren’t anti-intelligent, they understand discrimination, and that is what this is.

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      2. There is a legitimate reason Indiana theocrat Mike Pence claims he is surprised by the backlash against the religious law he just signed legalizing discrimination; there is nothing in the law stating it protects discrimination against, or targets the LGBT community. In fact, the law is very specifically written only to restrict the state from enforcing laws that ‘substantially burden’ religious expression; even though anyone sane person understands the laws are anti-discriminatory in nature. In a truly bizarre statement defending the law he just signed, Governor Pence claimed that “We in Indiana are just following the message of scripture. Jesus would have never welcomed a sinner into his workplace.” Forget that gays are not sinners for being gay, it is noteworthy that the bible Jesus lived among and embraced sinners. Obviously, the Jesus Pence follows is nowhere to be found in the Christian bible, but his statement referring to “a sinner” reveals a deeper meaning to the legalized discrimination bill he just signed into law. OH BUT IT DOES ALLOW FOR IT!! SO LET THE STATE GO BROKE! LET THEIR THEIR BUSINESS FAIL!

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        1. @ Jon Smith: Which clearly is proof that Mike Pence may claim he is a christian but has never actually read the bible. If he did he would know that Jesus was (according to that dreadful book) in fact hanging with a prostitute.
          But then, Pence is somewhat right, that was not at his “workplace” since Jesus was a brown skinned, homeless, unemployed beggar at the time of his great stories.

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      3. You are anti-intelligent if for one minute you believe that this is not an anti-gay law or that vaginal sonograms are not an anti-abortion agenda or that voter ID requirements are not voter suppression.

        When people speak out against religious interference in our lives we are persecuting religious freedom but when you openly discriminate against Lesbians and Gays you are simply exercising your religious freedom?

        Discrimination is discrimination no matter what imaginary friend you want to use to justify it!

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