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US Senator: Critics of religious freedom laws need ‘perspective’ – at least gays aren’t executed

US Senator: Critics of religious freedom laws need ‘perspective’ – at least gays aren’t executed

Tom Cotton, the junior US senator from Arkansas, thinks the critics of Indiana’s ‘religious freedom’ law need some perspective.

There has been a national backlash against the state over its Religious Freedom Restoration Act which opens the door for private businesses and others to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs.

‘I think it’s important we have a sense of perspective,’ Cotton said on CNN this week. ‘In Iran they hang you for the crime of being gay.’

Cotton is a Republican who has been in the Senate for less than three months. He had previously served one term in the US House of Representatives.

In his own state, Gov. Asa Hutchinson refused to sign a bill that virtually mirrored Indiana’s but on Thursday (2 March) signed a revised version that is more in line with federal law.

H/T: Think Progress