Hillary Clinton Condemns Indiana’s New “Discriminatory” Anti-Gay Law

Hillary Clinton condemned a new religious freedom law in Indiana on Thursday, which will makes it legal for individuals to use religious grounds as a defense when they are sued by people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Clinton expressed her disappointment with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence (R), who signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, writing on Twitter: “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn't discriminate against ppl bc of who they love.”

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The Indiana House of Representatives approved the bill 63-31 on Monday and the Indiana Senate concurred with the House version of the bill with a 40-10 vote. The legislation is modeled on the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed by Congress and signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993 and part of a larger backlash taking place in states across the nation. As marriage equality and LGBT nondiscrimination protections have spread, there has been a concerted effort to erode those gains. Advocates argue the new Indiana law will allow business owners to discriminate against LGBT people by citing their religious beliefs.

This is the first time Clinton has weighed in on religious freedom legislation targeting LGBT people in several states.

During a visit to the Georgia statehouse last week, former Florida governor Jeb Bush signaled his endorsement of a religious freedom being considered by Georgia lawmakers.

“I don’t know about this law, but religious freedom is a serious issue and is increasingly so,” Bush said, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “People that act on their conscience shouldn’t be discriminated against, for sure. There should be protections.” On whether businesses should be able to refuse services for same-sex weddings, Bush said, “People have a right to do that, just as we need to be respectful for people who are in long-term committed relationships.”

Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff took a bold stand against Indiana, announcing on Twitter this week that he has canceled “all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination” and threatened the state with a “slow rolling of economic sanctions” if the law is not thrown out.

Earlier this week, the organizers of one of Indiana’s biggest conventions threatened to move his event to another state if Gov. Mike Pence (R) signed the bill into law. GenCon LLC chief executive officer Adrian Swartout sent a letter to Gov. Pence reminding him of the convention’s history of serving “a diverse attendee base, made up of different ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds.”