Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed Senate Bill 101 into law, which essentially allows bigoted business owners to refuse service to gay people because somewhere in the bible Jesus apparently said something like, “And to be a true Christian you must never sell baked goods to sodomites.”
Supporters of this vile piece of legislation says it’s a win for “religious freedom.” These celebs disagree:
Now in Indiana,thanks to Gov.Pence, we have freedom of “religion”,aka legalized homophobia, and no freedom from “religion”— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) March 27, 2015
I can now legally be denied service in Indiana because I am gay, or Jewish? Am I right, @GovPenceIN? Sounds like a fun place to visit!— Andy Cohen (@Andy) March 27, 2015
Indiana's anti-gay 'Religious Freedom' bill signed by Gov. Pence is absurd & insulting. This is 2015. Ridiculous. #RFRA— Larry King (@kingsthings) March 27, 2015
.@GovPenceIN Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) March 26, 2015
Indiana are you also going to allow Christian establishments to ban Jews from coming in? Or Vice Versa? Religious freedom??? #OUTRAGE— ashton kutcher (@aplusk) March 27, 2015
And as for that Leviticus passage, read the whole book & then tell me if you think every rule in there should be protected under the law.— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) March 27, 2015
Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination. http://t.co/SvTwyCHxvE— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 26, 2015
The last of these is Apple exec Tim Cook, who wrote about the rise of laws like SB101, which are fostering homophobia and discrimination across our nation. As Cook elegantly puts it in his Washington Post piece,
There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country. http://t.co/QJTkCuZVdo— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 30, 2015
“These bills rationalize injustice by pretending to defend something many of us hold dear. They go against the very principles our nation was founded on, and they have the potential to undo decades of progress toward greater equality.”
But apparently all these people are overreacting, because, guys, Governor Pence says it “is not about discrimination. This is about empowering people to confront government overreach.”
But no one’s buying this, because when asked directly if SB101 will allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers, clients or employees, Pence refused to answer. He refused to answer that six times And Fox News reported that.
He did go to that old chestnut about how if gay people want to be tolerated, they need to learn to tolerate bigotry, saying, “The issue here is still: Is tolerance a two-way street or not?”
Kristy Puchko can’t even sometimes.