Businesses and entertainers are vowing to pull events out of Indiana after the governor signed a bill into law that gives business owners the right to refuse to serve gay and lesbian customers.
On Thursday, Gov. Mike Pence signed the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act in a private, closed-door ceremony.
Hillary Clinton was among the high profile critics of the bill, which opponents argue will allow people to use their religious beliefs as a defense if they are sued for denying service to customers who are gay.
Gov. Pence dismissed criticism of the bill as misunderstanding of what the legislation does.
“This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it,” Pence said in his statement Thursday.
The CEO of the cloud computing company Salesforce responded to the signing of the bill by canceling all events in the state:
Gay-rights campaigner George Takei and other celebrities tweeted their reactions, as well:
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