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A cadre of celebrities, athletes, corporations and organizations has taken to social media this afternoon to decry Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s decision to sign a dangerous anti-LGBT legislation into law.
Moments ago, Max Levchin, cofounder of PayPal, CEO of Affirm, and chairman of Yelp, joined the ranks -- beside Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff, NBA superstar Jason Collins, author John Green and more -- in speaking out against the law.
What is happening in Indiana is pretty unbelievable. However it’s dressed up, it’s a signal that discrimination is welcome in this state.— Max Levchin (@mlevchin) March 26, 2015
“I believe the bill signed into law in Indiana legalizing business discrimination against gays – is a fundamental step backwards,” Levchin wrote in an email sent to Affirm staff. “The signal it sends (no matter how it is framed by its proponents) is clear: the state of Indiana supports and encourages bigotry and discrimination.”
HRC has condemned the Indiana Governor for enshrining into law a sweeping bill that allows individuals to use religious as an excuse to discriminate against LGBT people and other minorities. HRC is a founding member of the Freedom Indiana coalition—a campaign of state and national organizations who worked to try to stop this bill from becoming law.
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce and local employers including Alcoa, Cummins, Eli Lilly & Co., and Salesforce spoke out against the new law, warning that it is bad for business. The first bill of its kind passed into law this year, the Indiana law is a part of an onslaught of anti-LGBT bills being introduced around the country targeting LGBT people.
Major companies, including Wal-Mart and Apple, have opposed similar legislation in other states out of concern that they undermine existing civil rights law and deeply harm the business climate of states in which they are passed.
Currently, there are more than 85 anti-LGBT bills in 28 state legislatures. To learn more about the rising tide of anti-LGBT legislation swelling across the country, click here.