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Tim Cook 'deeply disappointed' by new Indiana anti-gay law

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday stood in opposition to a new Indiana law that allows businesses in the state to legally discriminate against gays and lesbians, while calling on Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson to veto a similar measure that is set to hit his desk.




"Apple is open for everyone," Cook wrote on Twitter. "We are deeply disappointed in Indiana's new law and calling on Arkansas Gov. to veto the similar #HB1228."

"Around the world, we strive to treat every customer the same —regardless of where they come from, how they worship or who they love," he added in a subsequent tweet. Cook revealed that he was gay late last year.

Indiana's law, marketed as the "Religious Freedom Restoration Act," lets businesses use "religious beliefs" as a defense in discrimination suits. It was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence earlier this week, sparking a flood of condemnation.

Cook is not the only Silicon Valley heavyweight to weigh in. Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff said on Thursday that his company would immediately cancel "all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination."

A similar measure has passed the Arkansas State Senate, and will be presented to Gov. Hutchinson for his signature or veto within the next few days. Hutchinson has previously indicated that he would sign it into law, saying that he believes " it's a bill that puts a high priority on religious freedom and recognizes that as a part of the balance."