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The Andrews government is facing pressure to give faith-based adoption agencies the right to refuse to place a child in the care of gay couples, and for parents to be able to nominate that only straight families can adopt their child. As the government prepares to legalise gay adoption in Victoria, the Australian Christians Lobby has warned that certain agencies could end up closing unless they retained the right to preference heterosexual families over same-sex families.
Business leaders are pushing back against an Indiana law that allows them to refuse service to gay people on religious grounds. The controversial law gives businesses owners who oppose homosexuality for religious reasons the right to turn away gay, lesbian and transgender people.
Apple Inc's Tim Cook, one of the most prominent openly gay American CEOs, has joined fellow tech industry chiefs in decrying a controversial Indiana law that opponents say could allow companies to deny services to gay people. Cook, who publicly declared his sexual orientation last year, joined other tech chief executives, including Salesforce.com Inc's Marc Benioff, in blasting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which could let business and individuals turn away customers by citing "religious freedom."
The heat over Indiana's new religious objections law spread Friday across social media and to the White House as many local officials and business groups around the state tried to jump in and stem the fallout. Use of the hashtag #boycottindiana spread across Twitter, spurred on by activists such as "Star Trek" actor George Takei, who argued that the measure opens the door to legalized discrimination against gay people.
George Takei poses for a portrait at Quaker Good Energy Lodge with GenArt and the Collective , during the Sundance Film Festival, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah. Stars including Ashton Kutcher and Miley Cyrus have waded into the debate over a controversial new law which has been passed in Indiana amid fears it could lead to discrimination against gay couples.