Separately, former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley used a morning speech in New Hampshire to denounce the RFRA as giving ”license to the discrimination of gay and lesbian people.” He went further, and denounced the early, unanimous support for the law from Republicans. “I think it’s shameful that presidential candidates in this day and age would try to give cover to a law that is sweeping across a lot of Republican-governed states,” he said. ”It’s not who we are as a country.”
Standing alone in the Democrats’ tumbleweed-strewn 2016 field, with no comment, was former Virginia Senator Jim Webb. A question to his exploratory committee went unanswered; Webb has said nothing on social media since a March 23 tweet mourning the loss of Singapore’s founding father Lee Kwan Yew, “a brilliant thinker and leader whom I feel fortunate to have known.”
Webb aside, it’s now expected for Democrats to denounce RFRAs, just as large corporations are denouncing them. In doing so, all of the critics are on the wrong side of public polling. According to a March edition of the Marist poll, 54 percent of Americans agreed with ”allowing First Amendment religious liberty protection or exemptions for faith based organizations and individuals even when it conflicts with government laws.” By a two-point margin, 47-45, even a plurality of Democratic voters agreed with that.