By Melanie Nathan, March 26, 2015.
Members of the entertainment industry and technology giants are reacting to the new Indiana law which condemns LGBT people to certain discrimination.
Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed by a strong majority in the legislature, and signed today by Indiana Governor Mike Pence, despite pleas from the business industry to refrain. The law allows people of all faiths to bring so called ‘religious freedom claims’ while stomping on the civil rights of lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people.
Below are screen shots of Audra McDonald, Tony award winning Broadway star and a letter written by Tech giants, Salesforce, CloudOne, Clear Software, and others.
Today Marc Benioff, the CEO of Salesforce made good on his threats by tweeting:
“Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination.”
Social media is ablaze with reaction. Let us know yours. Please watch this page as we continue to add statements and boycott news.
UPDATED: 10.00PM 3/26/2015:
In a further indictment on the Governor and State of Indiana, for their homophobic law, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has issued a public statement forbidding city employees from using public funds to travel to the state of Indiana, unless of course there were some public health or safety issue:
“We stand united as San Franciscans to condemn Indiana’s new discriminatory law, and will work together to protect the civil rights of all Americans including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, he said. “Effective immediately, I am directing city departments under my authority to bar any publicly funded City employee travel to the State of Indiana that is not absolutely essential to public health and safety. San Francisco taxpayers will not subsidize legally-sanctioned discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people by the State of Indiana.”