If Pence signs the bill, the GOP will continue to be seen as a political party that caters to narrow-minded bigots, and deservedly so.
As you're doubtless aware, assorted misdeeds and lawbreaking will land you in jail and prison for varying quantities of essentially wasted time. For those who profit off the "bad" guys and gals, crime is a Godsend; a never-ending profit center much like the funeral business.
The fine for daring to practice academic freedom in the state of South Carolina has just been levied. And unlike fines for polluters and financial industry crooks, this punitive money action is accompanied by a significant punishment.