Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence said Tuesday that he will endeavor to fix the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act so that businesses cannot discriminate against same-sex couples.
“I believe it would be appropriate to make it clear that this law does not give businesses the right to deny services to anyone,” he said.
Gov. Pence signed the bill into law last week.
Critics of the law say that, as it stands now, it would allow businesses to argue that they can deny services to someone based on their deeply held beliefs.
Many major companies and other businesses have stood up to make their opposition to the law known, including Apple Inc., whose CEO, Tim Cook, is gay and has criticized the bill.
Also, Angie’s List, based in Indianapolis, has announced that it would put plans for expansion on hold until they “fully understand the implications of the freedom restoration act on our employees, both current and future,” according to the company’s chief executive, Bill Oesterle.
Marc Benioff, the CEO of major cloud-computing company Salesforce, said that they were “canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination.”
Many celebrities have also publicly criticized the law, including Nick Offerman who tweeted the following yesterday:
— Nick Offerman (@Nick_Offerman) March 31, 2015
Governor Pence however has found some support from Republican presidential hopefuls Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz.
“Today we are facing a concerted assault on the First Amendment, on the right of every American to seek out and worship God according to the dictates of his or her conscience,” said Cruz.
“Governor Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the Hoosier State. Indiana is giving voice to millions of courageous conservatives across this country who are deeply concerned about the ongoing attacks upon our personal liberties. I’m proud to stand with Mike, and I urge Americans to do the same.”
Seth Meyers had the following insights on his late night show last night: