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Marriott CEO: Indiana’s Anti-Gay Religious Freedom Act Is 'Madness' and 'Idiocy'

Arne Sorenson

Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott, has joined other executives and entrepreneurs in voicing his disapproval of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could give businesses the right to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

In a video released yesterday on MSNBC, Sorenson said: 

“The legislation in Indiana—and there are some bills being considered in other states—is not just pure idiocy from a business perspective—and it is that—the notion that you can tell businesses somehow that they are free to discriminate against people based on who they are is madness.”

Apple CEO Tim Cook, Subaru’s Director of Corporate Communications, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and many local employers have also warned that the legislation is bad for business.

It seems that all the public outcry against the law may have made some impact. According to Indianapolis Star, state Republicans are working with business leaders to put in a provision that would grant gay and lesbian residents protection from the RFRA. 

The measure would stipulate that the new law cannot be used as a legal defense to discriminate against residents based on their sexual orientation. 

Watch the video below:

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