White House Criticizes Indiana Religious Freedom Law Signed By Mike Pence

White House press secretary Josh Earnest answers questions about the upcoming budget proposal from President Barack Obama, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, during the daily briefing at the White House in Washington.
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At the White House daily press briefing today, Press Secretary Josh Earnest criticized a religious freedom bill signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Thursday.

When asked about the president’s reaction to the bill, Josh Earnest noted that many businesses in the state are already expressing “legitimate concerns” with the legislation.

“The signing of this bill doesn’t seem like it’s a step of equality and justice and liberty for all Americans,” Earnest said, calling his comments the “view of the administration.”

National sporting organizations, including the NCAA, have also expressed concerns with the bill.

“The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for all our events,” the organization said in a statement. “We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees.”

Pence signed the bill in private yesterday, asserting that it was a just law.

“This bill is not about discrimination,” Pence said, “And if I thought it legalized discrimination I would have vetoed it.”