GOP presidential contender Ted Cruz defends Indiana's controversial religious freedom law that's been assailed for curbing gay rights. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Senator Ted Cruz, the first Republican to enter the 2016 presidential race, spoke out on Wednesday (April 2) in support of Indiana's new 'religious freedom' law, and addressed controversy over the legislation with conservative views of faith and liberty. "I will commend the state of Indiana for doing the right thing," Cruz told a crowd at an Iowa campaign event. Indiana Governor Mike Pence, also a Republican, last week signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to keep the state government from forcing business owners to act against their religious beliefs. Democrats and others have criticized the law as discriminatory, saying it allows businesses to refuse service to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. On Tuesday Pence called for amending the law to prohibit discrimination. Cruz accused Democrats of making religious freedom a partisan issue and not standing up for the First Amendment.