Indiana Governor Mike Pence has a lot of explaining to do — primarily, to Twitter.
Despite public outcries and vetoes from Indiana residents and companies alike, Governor Pence signed a religious freedom bill law Thursday morning last week. Critics have warned the governor that this bill would allow discrimination against the members of the LGBTQA community, predicting it would let businesses turn away or refuse service to customers based on religious grounds. He signed it anyway.
And the worst part? He has no plans of changing it whatsoever.
So, the Internet and its denizens took it upon themselves to give a big resounding “Heck, NO” on this decision.
CEOs decried this decision. Indianapolis-based Angie’s List had earlier plans of creating a expansion in Indiana, but cancelled with the development of Pence’s decision. Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman wrote an open letter expressing his stand on the discrimination law. Apple CEO Tim Cook reached out and reminded his followers how Apple welcomes everyone:
Apple is open for everyone. We are deeply disappointed in Indiana’s new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228.
— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) March 27, 2015
A number of personalities also had something to say on the law:
Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination. https://t.co/SvTwyCHxvE
— Marc Benioff (@Benioff) March 26, 2015
For anyone who is refused service under #Indiana‘s new law, you deserve better. Acceptance and progress take time. But they always arrive.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 28, 2015
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 26, 2015
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 27, 2015
Hey Indiana & states that discriminate against gays: if you wanna live in the past, fine. But when we get spaceships, no spaceships for you.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) March 29, 2015
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