USA TODAY: O’Malley calls GOP support of Indiana law ‘shameful’
As originally appearing in USA Today

BY MARTHA T. MOORE

BEDFORD, N.H. — Indiana’s religious freedom law is “reprehensible” and it is “shameful” for potential GOP presidential hopefuls to support it, former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley said Tuesday. “I think it is shameful that presidential candidates in this day and age would try to give cover to a law — that is sweeping across a lot of Republican-governed states — that attempts to give license to discrimination of gay and lesbian people,” O’Malley, a potential Democratic presidential candidate, told reporters after a “Politics and Eggs” breakfast in Bedford, N.H. “It’s wrong. It’s not who we are as a people.’’ Former Florida governor Jeb Bush, who is exploring a presidential run, has said he supports Indiana’s measure, which prohibits laws that “substantially burden” a person’s freedom of religion unless the government can prove a compelling interest in imposing that burden. Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, who announced his presidential candidacy last week, and potential candidates Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum, former Texas governor Rick Perry and neurosurgeon Ben Carson have all expressed support as well. In his talk to the breakfast audience, O’Malley said the Indiana law is “reprehensible and counter to everything we stand for as a people.” He cited Maryland’s passage of same-sex marriage and legislation offering in-state tuition to undocumented students and driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants as contrasts to what he called Republicans’ “exclusive” philosophy. “We do these things because we know our state is better, our economy is better, our country and our society is better the more fully people participate,” he said. “They (Republicans) don’t subscribe to that.”

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