Hollywood is not happy with Indiana governor Mike Pence.
Ashton Kutcher Audra McDonald and James Van Der Beek are among the celebs who took to Twitter to condemn the conservative politician for signing the anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, which allows businesses the legal right to turn away same-sex couples.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced Thursday on Twitter the company was "canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination," a decision Kutcher applauded. "Bravo Salesforce for taking a stand," the former Two and a Half Men star tweeted. "Hope more companies follow."
He expressed his disbelief at other government officials in the Hoosier State allowing the bill to pass. "Indiana? Seriously? Really?" he tweeted. "Indiana are you also going to allow Christian establishments to ban Jews from coming in? Or Vice Versa? Religious freedom??? #OUTRAGE"
McDonald was outraged as well and went on a lengthy Twitter rant against Indiana's governor, writing, ".@GovPenceIN Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?...or could you maybe send us a list of where its okay for us to go? Might the law apply to me?(I'm black)."
"...or maybe I should fire my gay members just to be on the safe side," she tweeted sarcastically, making a point. ".@GovPenceIN Or MAYBE...we need to stick to singing in states that don't legislate hate?"
She informed Governor Pence, however, that she would "donate the money I make in your state while Im there to organizations that will combat your hateful legislation." She then promised The Human Rights Campaign as well as Freedom Indiana, a localized campaign working to defeat the anti-gay law, that they'd be receiving profits from her shows in that state.
Like McDonald, Van Der Beek was upset by Governor Pence's decision to sign the bill into law. "Given what happened in Indiana, it's time for this #ThrowbackThursday," he tweeted, linking to a picture of himself showing his support for the NOH8 campaign. He also reposted "what I tweeted about four years ago...'If you say you love this country for its freedoms, but you wants to deny gays the same freedoms you enjoy, you sound like a hypocrite...'"
"And," he continued, "just to clarify- 'freedom' is the right to live how you choose. It's not the right to choose how everyone else lives."
Van Der Beek brought up religion too. "Also - I remember Jesus saying 'Don't judge,'" he tweeted. "[And] 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' I don't recall him saying it was cool to discriminate."
He continued: "And as for that Leviticus passage, read the whole book & then tell me if you think every rule in there should be protected under the law."
That Leviticus passage is presumably Leviticus 20:13 which reads (per BibleGateway.com): "If man lies with a male as he lies with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them."
Van Der Beek urged those quoting that passage to "read the whole book" to see some of the other controversial things the Bible seemingly promotes (slavery, female subservience, etc.) and ask themselves if those "rule(s) should be protected under the law."