Salesforce CEO Says Company Will Boycott Indiana Over New Religious Freedom Law

Headquartered in San Francisco, company felt pressured by LBGT community.

By Published on March 26, 2015

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff announced today that he will no longer allow his employees to travel to Indiana to do business for the company. The tech company chief said on Twitter that he is canceling all trips to the state because he thinks the states’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act is discriminatory.

Governor Pence signed RFRA into law Thursday morning, which merely reiterates the federal RFRA of 1993 into state law. Several states have already passed copycat versions of the federal RFRA; Indiana became the 20th. RFRA protects  religious views from government overreach, preventing laws that substantially burden a person’s free exercise of religion. This country has, throughout its entire history, protected religious conscience, even if it is within a minority. RFRA protects small businesses from being required to service LGBT weddings if it goes contrary to their sincere religious beliefs, an issue that has resulted in litigation around the country recently.

Lawmakers are considering similar bills in Arkansas, Alabama, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Benioff and others had threatened Pence before he signed the bill that they might boycott the state if he signed it into law. Pence responded, “I think there’s a lot of misunderstanding. This has never undermined anti-discrimination laws.”

Salesforce is headquartered in San Francisco and was facing pressure from the LGBT community to boycott Indiana over the law. While Salesforce is a powerful Fortune 500 company, some are now calling for a boycott of Salesforce, considering it to behaving like a bully.

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