Saturday, April 4, 2015

Arnold Schwarzenegger 'Furious' Over GOP Support For Indiana Religious Freedom Law

Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) says Indiana's controversial religious freedom law was a major political misstep for the Republican Party. 

In a Washington Post op-ed published Friday, the former governor and action movie star said the law, which was revised Thursday to include protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, suggests that the GOP is a "party of divisions." 

"As an American, I'm incredibly concerned about what happened in Indiana this week and the threat of similar laws being passed in other states. As a Republican, I'm furious," Schwarzenegger wrote. "Distracting, divisive laws like the one Indiana passed aren't just bad for the country, they're also bad for our party." 

Schwarzenegger pointed to newly-released voter registration data showing that just 28 percent of voters in California have registered as Republicans, down from 34 percent in 2007. 

"That sharp drop started just after the divisive battle over Proposition 8," Schwarzenegger wrote. "Maybe that's a coincidence, but there is no question that our party is losing touch with our voters, especially with the younger ones who are growing the registration rolls."

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