Celebrities React To Indiana’s Religious Freedom Law [VIDEO]

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After Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed a “religious freedom” bill into law late last week, Hollywood has been descending on the bill, calling it a “new hate law” and decrying it as living “in the past.”

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act says the government can’t “substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion” and that individuals who feel like their religious beliefs have been or could be “substantially burdened” use this law to fight lawsuits. Opponents to the law insist it will lead to individuals and businesses discriminating against the LGBT community.

Pence told ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he stands by the law and says it represents “a fundamental protection for individuals.” He criticized the debate of the law as “shameless rhetoric about my state all over the internet.”

Here are the celebrities who Pence would probably suggest were using “shameless rhetoric” about the Indiana law:

Seth MacFarlane, the creator of the television show “Family Guy,” slammed Indiana for living “in the past”:

Singer Miley Cyrus called Pence an “a**hole” on Instagram.

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The openly gay television host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres tweeted “for anyone who is refused service under #Indiana’s new law, you deserve better.”

Star Trek celebrity George Takei cheered on Twitter that prominent mayors were doing a travel boycott of Indiana.

Actor Mark Ruffalo called the law “Indiana’s new hate law”:

Actor Ashton Kutcher also had his say.

Even tech giants weighed in on the law.

Apple CEO Tim Cook tweeted Friday that he was “disappointed” by the law.

Indiana-based Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle tweeted support to Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff for warning the “impact” of the law on employees and customers.

PayPal cofounder Max Levchin called it “a signal that discrimination is welcome” in Indiana.