Sen. Kirk Bashes Indiana Law As ‘Bigotry’ And ‘Un-American’

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April 1, 2015 5:41 p.m.

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) issued a blistering statement Wednesday strongly denouncing Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s (R) decision to sign into law a controversial religious freedom bill that critics say would pave the way for discrimination against gays and lesbians.

“I strongly oppose what Governor Pence did. We should not enshrine bigotry under the cover of religion. It’s not just bad practice – it’s un-American,” Kirk in the statement.

Pence has been under intense criticism by both business leaders and Democrats. But it’s been more mixed among Republicans. While Kirk, who endorsed same-sex marriage in 2013, opposes Pence’s move, other national Republicans, like former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, supports his decision.

On Tuesday said he would look to add a clarification to the law.

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