While the state of Indiana is taking a beating across the country for passing the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," allowing businesses and individuals to deny services to gays on religious grounds, Governor Mike Pence has come in for an extra heaping of scorn on social media.
In a speech following the signing of the bill, Pence defended his actions saying, "If I thought it legalized discrimination I would have vetoed it." Across the country many disagreed with the governor, once believed to harbor national aspirations, and expressed themselves bluntly.
A host of celebrities, including Broadway star Audra McDonald, Larry King, Harvey Fierstein, Miley Cyrus, and popular Indiana-based author John Green took shots at the governor, while others jumped on Pence's Twitter account to express their contempt and displeasure with his decision to sign the bill into law.
A sampling of comments below Pence's Twitter announcement of the signing the bill attended by a group of observers he has, thus far, refused to identify by name:
I signed SEA 101 today to ensure religious liberty is fully protected under IN law http://t.co/vCOASZBZnH http://t.co/CMFJh6aLDx— Governor Mike Pence (@Governor Mike Pence)1427379918.0
@GovPenceIN No. You crushed religious freedom for EVERYONE who wishes to be treated equally by everyone. You're pathetic.— Mark (@Mark)1427387607.0
@GovPenceIN Enjoy your last term as Governor, you ass backward dipshit— chaotic bratty puppy energy 🐶🐾 (@chaotic bratty puppy energy 🐶🐾)1427387847.0
@GovPenceIN Sad day for our state. Thanks for ensuring that MILLIONS of dollars are lost to Indiana.— JoanofDarkKnits (@JoanofDarkKnits)1427388130.0
@GovPenceIN This is state sanctioned discrimination in the guise of religious liberty. Shame on you.— CapitolHillChamber (@CapitolHillChamber)1427388521.0
Damn dude, you suck. Shielding bigotry in an artificial cloak of religion... you're the Mississippi of the Midwest. @GovPenceIN— grimcity (@grimcity)1427388638.0
.@GovPenceIN refusing people a service based on religious belief isn't a right, that's discrimination. You should know the difference— JimmyMoop (@JimmyMoop)1427389247.0
@GovPenceIN will bathrooms and water fountains be labeled straights only? How will we know?— dave🐳 (@dave🐳)1427390875.0
@GovPenceIN History will not be kind to you and if there is a God she is probably disappointed in you right now.— puck90 (@puck90)1427429383.0
@GovPenceIN Way to go, Mike Pence, using Jesus to be a bigoted asshole. http://t.co/YMFdKcs1ho— tess toro (@tess toro)1427391973.0