Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has received much criticism over the last week for his state’s new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, for its perception of discriminating against gays. But some prominent Republicans have spoken out in support of Pence and the legislation.
In an interview on March 30 with radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, potential Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush stated his support for Pence.
“I think Gov. Pence has done the right thing. Florida has a law like this. (President) Bill Clinton signed a law like this at the federal level. This is simply allowing people of faith to be able to express their beliefs, to have, to be able to be people of conscience. I just think once the facts are established, people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all,” said the former Florida governor and current frontrunner for the Republican nomination for president next year.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who officially declared his candidacy last week, also voiced his support for the Indiana governor.
“Gov. Pence is holding the line to protect religious liberty in the Hoosier state. Indiana is giving voice to millions of courageous conservatives across the 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,” said the Republican Texas senator.
Appearing on Fox News on March 30, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio also weighed in on the controversy. He expected to announce a presidential run on April 13.
“Nobody is saying that it should be legal to deny someone service at a restaurant or at a hotel because of their sexual orientation. I think that’s a consensus view in America. The flip side is ... should a photographer be punished for refusing to do a wedding that their faith teaches them is not one that is valid in the eyes of God?” Rubio asked, referring to a photographer in New Mexico who is being sued by a lesbian couple for refusing to work for them based on the photographer’s religious beliefs.
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