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:
— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) March 26, 2015
As a Hoosier, I’m deeply saddened and embarrassed. A government exists to protect its citizens; instead, it is legalizing their oppression.
— John Green (@johngreen) March 26, 2015
@GovPenceIN You should be ashamed of yourself, sir.
— Matthew McFarland (@BlackHat_Matt) March 26, 2015
Damn dude, you suck. Shielding bigotry in an artificial cloak of religion… you’re the Mississippi of the Midwest. @GovPenceIN
— Neal Boyd (@grimcity) March 26, 2015
.@GovPenceIN refusing people a service based on religious belief isn’t a right, that’s discrimination. You should know the difference
— Masterfade (@Venus_InFurs) March 26, 2015
.@GovPenceIN I think the nuns in that picture should now pay taxes like the rest of us.
— The Real Carmen (@Carmeanie) March 26, 2015
— tess toro (@tesstoro) March 26, 2015