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Wynne denounces Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' bill

By Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

Premier Kathleen Wynne, during a visit to York Mills Collegiate in North York on Wednesday, April 1 2015, speaks out against Indiana's new law which has been called an assault on gay rights. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/Toronto Sun)

Premier Kathleen Wynne, during a visit to York Mills Collegiate in North York on Wednesday, April 1 2015, speaks out against Indiana's new law which has been called an assault on gay rights. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO - 

An Indiana bill that has been widely criticized as an attack on gay rights has no place in a modern progressive society, Premier Kathleen Wynne says.

If the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is not changed, Ontario’s first openly gay premier said she will make her opposition to the law “very clear” to Indiana Governor Mike Pence if they cross paths at the next Council of Great Lakes Governors meeting.

“It’s completely unacceptable to me that in the 21st century such a discriminatory law would be in place, that it would be used to divide people and to create the kind of hostility that obviously is being engendered,” Wynne said Wednesday, during a visit to a North York high school. “It’s certainly not how we behave in Ontario.”

Numerous companies have called on Indiana to amend the bill so that it doesn’t allow businesses to discriminate and deny service to same-sex couples.

Several firms have threatened to boycott the state.

“I would say to businesses that are looking for a more open jurisdiction, Ontario is one of those,” Wynne said. “Ontario is open for business and is an open and nondiscriminatory jurisdiction.”

 



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