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Marriott slams Indiana's Religious Freedom bill: 'This is just plain wrong'

2015-04-02
Hotel chain Marriott have slammed Indiana's controversial ‘Religious Free Restoration Act' bill. Signed by Gov. Mike Pence, the controversial legislation is expected to come into effect from July and will allow businesses to discriminate based on religious grounds. The decision has been met with widespread criticism from public figures including Hillary Clinton and Miley Cyrus and global businesses. MI-H-Black Now, Marriott CEO Arne Sorensen has criticised Pence's decision to sign the bill into law, arguing that giving people free reign to discriminate against the LGBT community is "madness". "This is just plain wrong and … and we will not stand for it … the notion that you can tell businesses that somehow they are free to discriminate is madness," Sorsenson told DiversityInc. "The discouraging thing about this is that these politicians must believe it’s in their interest to pass legislation like this, to create this politics of divisiveness." "After the law was signed, we had a future guest send an e-mail to the hotel saying 'I’m gay. I’m set to come next week. Will I be treated fairly?' As far as I know, there was no raising the question up the corporate ladder. He added: "There was an instant response from the hotel saying 'Are you kidding? Of course you are welcome here. We are in the business of welcoming everybody. Please come.'" Meanwhile, the global hotel chain aren't the only ones to have come out against the bill. Legendary author Stephen King took to Twitter this week to argue that despite what the Indiana Governer claims, the bill is discrimination "pure and simple". https://twitter.com/StephenKing/status/582706860236525568 Numerous other celebrities, including the likes of Ashton Kutcher and Parks and Recreation star Nick Offerman have also shown their support for the LGBT community. Check out just a few of their tweets below: https://twitter.com/aplusk/status/581254396719316993 https://twitter.com/Nick_Offerman/status/582707458683990016 https://twitter.com/GeorgeTakei/status/581141254026608640 More stories:  Picture special: Cinderella actor Richard Madden in the buff Rugby team strips off to fight LGBT domestic violence