by Lisa Lambert/Reuters
March 31, 2015
Potential Republican candidate Jeb Bush. (Reuters)
Senator Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican who recently entered the presidential contest, said the law fends off “a concerted assault” on the freedoms of both speech and religion.
“Indiana is giving voice to millions of courageous conservatives across this country who are deeply concerned about the ongoing attacks upon our personal liberties,” he said in a statement released late Monday.
Marco Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida who is widely expected to enter the Republican race, cast the law as a shield against religious discrimination.
“No one here is saying that it should be legal to deny someone service at a restaurant or at a hotel because of their sexual orientation,” he said on Fox News on Monday. “The flip side of it is, though, should a photographer be punished for refusing to do a wedding that their faith teaches them … is not valid in the eyes of God?”
One of the most talked-about potential Republican nominees, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, did not address the law directly. In a statement his press secretary said he “believes in broad religious freedom and the right for Americans to exercise their religion and act on their conscience.”
The favorite for the Democratic nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in a tweet last week, said: “Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn’t discriminate against people because of who they love.”
Clinton has not announced her intention to run.
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