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Audra McDonald blasts Indiana for its new anti-gay religious freedom law

Audra McDonald blasts Indiana for its new anti-gay religious freedom law

Broadway and television star Audra McDonald has no patience for Indiana’s controversial anti-LGBTI law.

Yesterday, 26 March, Governor Mike Pence signed SB101, which allows anyone – including private businesses and organizations – to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

As reported by The Kansas City Star, McDonald, who has a concert in the Midwestern state next month, went to Twitter to express her disappointment.

‘Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month,’ she tweeted directly to Pence. ‘Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?’

She then ironically wondered if she ‘should fire my gay band members just to be on the safe side.’

The star then tweeted the following:

 

The money will go to the Human Rights Campaign and Freedom Indiana.

In 2009, HRC, the largest gay civil rights organization in the US, awarded the star its Equality Ally award.