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Chris Christie defends Indiana governor on religious freedom law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
Christie, in his first remarks on the subject in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, focused on defending Pence: "I know Mike Pence, and he's got nothing but love in his heart for people." [...]

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GOP’s Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a town hall event at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
The Republican presidential candidate told an audience in Sioux City, Iowa, on Wednesday that a new Indiana law is awakening like-minded voters of various political stripes. [...]

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Why businesses are speaking out against ‘religious freedom’ laws

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon is among the business leaders who urged Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinsen to veto a bill in Arkansas that critics said would open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Walmart, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas. But why? [...]

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Indiana family wants you to know their Christian pizzeria won’t cater a same-sex wedding

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Crystal O'Connor of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind.
An Indiana woman whose family owns a small-town pizzeria says the state's new "religious freedom" law supports the restaurant's right to deny service to any same-sex couples who might ask them to cater their wedding. [...]

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Backlash intensifies as businesses, performers, states boycott Indiana over religious freedom law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
Businesses and organizations continued their boycotts by canceling events and barring travel to Indiana over a religious objections law that critics say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Ohio leaders aim to capitalize on criticism of Indiana religious freedom law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
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Officials in Ohio are aiming to capitalize on backlash against a religious-objections law in neighboring Indiana that critics say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Indiana religious freedom debate exposes Republican divisions

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
“I think Gov. Pence has done the right thing,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a March 30, radio interview. He said the law was "simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs.”
The backlash over a religious freedom law in Indiana has the GOP's leading White House contenders in a messy clash that highlights the party's opposition to same-sex marriage and threatens to inject social issues into the early stages of the 2016 presidential primary season. [...]

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Vermont governor bans state funded travel to Indiana

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-Vt.)
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin is banning all non-essential state-funded trips to Indiana because of that state's new religious-freedom law that critics say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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USC Athletic director, ‘proud father of a gay son,’ skips Indiana playoff meeting

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Pat Haden
Southern California athletic director Pat Haden will not attend the College Football Playoff selection committee meeting in Indianapolis this week because of a new Indiana religious-freedom law [...]

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N.Y. governor Andrew Cuomo bans all non-essential, state‑funded travel to Indiana

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has banned all non-essential, state-funded travel to Indiana after that state adopted a religious freedom law that critics say opens the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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