Martin O’Malley Bashes Republicans Over Support For Indiana Religious Liberty Law

AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky

Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is slamming Republicans for supporting Indiana’s religious liberty law.

The possible 2016 Democratic candidate criticized Ben Carson, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz – all 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls – on Tuesday during a visit to New Hampshire. Democrats and the mainstream media have argued Indiana’s law would permit businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

“I think it’s 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,” O’Malley said.

O’Malley says that during his time as the Governor of Maryland, more women and minorities participated in business, he made gay marriage legal and made it easier for immigrants to receive drivers licenses.

“We do these things because we know that our state’s better, our economy’s better, our country and our society is better the more fully people participate,” O’Malley said.

He added Republicans, “don’t subscribe to that.”

Roughly 20 other states have religious liberty laws similar to Indiana.