March 26, 2015 at 11:38 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Hillary Clinton condemns Indiana discrimination law

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Hillary Clinton has condemned the Indiana discrimination law. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton denounced late Thursday a recently signed religious freedom law in Indiana as an attempt to enable discrimination against LGBT people.

The former secretary of state and potential 2016 hopeful voiced her objections via a Twitter message linking to a Huffington Post article about Gov. Mike Pence signing the measure, known as Senate Bill 101, into law.

The law doesn’t explicitly mention sexual orientation or gender identity, but is seen as a thinly veiled endorsement of discrimination against LGBT people in Indiana. It prohibits the state government from burdening an individual’s free exercise of religion, including for the purpose of denying services for a same-sex wedding or employment to LGBT people

Clinton had remained silent on SB 101, or other religious discrimination measures pending in state legislatures throughout the country, until after Pence has signed it into law despite a request to comment from the Washington Blade before his signature.

When another measure became law in Arkansas this year prohibiting municipalities from enacting ordinances for classes of individuals outside the scope of state law, including LGBT people, Clinton said nothing, even though she was once first lady of the state.

Clinton’s condemnation of the Indiana law puts her at odds with likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush, who said there “should be protections” for people who want to refuse services to LGBT people for religious reasons amid wins for marriage equality in the courts.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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