Broadway star Audra McDonald is not a fan of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence and his state’s so-called “anti-gay” legislation, and she let him know that in no uncertain terms Thursday on Twitter.
Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that some worry could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers in the name of “religious freedom.”
The bill, which mirrors a federal law enacted in 1993, has been criticized by gay rights groups as a “license to discriminate” against the LGBT community.
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The governor defended his decision to sign the bill on his Facebook page, writing: “This bill is not about discrimination, and if I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it. In fact, it does not even apply to disputes between private parties unless government action is involved.”
Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA, issued a statement citing concerns about how the legislation will affect its student-athletes and employees when the men’s Final Four is held in Indianapolis next week.
McDonald sent out a series of angry tweets about the legislation. She is scheduled to perform in Indiana next month, she wrote. But she reportedly plans to donate the money from those performances to Human Right Campaign and Freedom Indiana that fights for equal rights.
Here’s what she had to say.