NHDP - GOP Senator Mark Kirk Rejects Indiana’s Discrimination Law

As GOP Senator Mark Kirk Rejects Indiana’s Discrimination Law and Chris Sununu Ducks for Cover, Where Does Kelly Ayotte stand?
Concord Monitor, Nashua Telegraph and Monadnock Ledger-Transcript Editorials Blast Indiana’s Discrimination Law
Concord, N.H. – Concord, N.H. – As Kelly Ayotte’s Senate Republican colleague Mark Kirk (R-IL) came out strongly against Indiana’s discrimination law and Chris Sununu refused to stand up against the law for fear of angering his extremist base, the question remains: where does Kelly Ayotte stand?
“Kelly Ayotte’s silence on Indiana’s discrimination law is deafening,” said New Hampshire Democratic Party Chair Ray Buckley. “It’s clear that Chris Sununu and Kelly Ayotte won’t stand up for the rights of men, women and families across our country who deserve better than to watch their states legalize discrimination. I’m proud that Granite Staters have made clear that we won’t stand for discrimination, it’s time for Sununu and Ayotte to get the message.”
When asked about Indiana's discrimination law, Sununu refused to take a stand, saying it's too early to "start to judge.”
Today, editorials in the Concord MonitorNashua Telegraph and Monadnock Ledger-Transcript blasted Indiana’s discrimination law yet Kelly Ayotte, who has a history of opposing marriage equality, refuses to take a stand. 
See below for a roundup of editorial coverage.
Concord Monitor Editorial: “Indiana law points to a larger issue”
The explosion of controversy ignited by Indiana’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act should have been foreseen. Criticism that the law allows businesses to discriminate against gay people gained national notoriety. Society has changed, apparently without the state’s legislators noticing.
… The larger issue is that Indiana – indeed, the United States as a whole – does not protect gay and lesbian people from discrimination. At all. According to the Human Rights Campaign, only 21 states, including New Hampshire, and the District of Columbia have laws that ban discrimination against gay people. The U.S. House and Senate, despite occasional attempts to pass a bill banning such discrimination, are now in Republican hands and unlikely to extend such protections anytime soon.
In other words, we now live in a country in which it is legal for gay people to wed nearly everywhere, yet in 29 states they can be fired from their jobs for being married.
… There’s no question that believers of all types should have the space needed in which to practice their deeply held beliefs. However, if we are dedicated to perpetuating a secular and pluralistic society, businesses and institutions should not be able to turn away patrons because of their race, gender, age or sexual orientation. [Click here for the full editorial]
Nashua Telegraph Editorial: “The uproar in Indiana will probably put an end to talk about Mike Pence as a possible presidential candidate”
… Thousands showed up at the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday to demonstrate against the law’s passage, and Pence canceled his scheduled public appearances on Monday and Tuesday rather than face the wrath of even more demonstrators.
… The uproar in Indiana will probably put an end to talk about Mike Pence as a possible presidential candidate – he made a test-the-waters visit to New Hampshire in the fall – but more importantly, it should serve as a lesson to those who favor greater religious protections.
The way to achieve it is not by discriminating against others.
Anyone with even a passing familiarity with religious history should know that.[Click here for the full editorial]
Ledger-Transcript Editorial: “Discrimination bill is indefensible”
By now, nearly everyone has heard about the controversial bill out of Indiana that may allow businesses to deny service to same-sex couples on the basis of religious freedom. Indiana is now one of 20 states with “religious freedom” laws, but the expansive nature of this particular bill, signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence, has critics nationwide in an uproar. Big businesses have already threatened to pull their money and events out of the Hoosier state. Several states, including New York and Connecticut, have banned state-funded travel to Indiana in the wake of the bill’s signing.
But there are a vocal few who have made their support of Gov. Pence and the bill quite clear: the majority of the perceived frontrunners for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. Former Florida governor Jeb Bush fired up the bandwagon, and was quickly joined on his ride by Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, all of whom defended Gov. Pence in lockstep. (Rick Santorum and Rick Perry both took to Twitter to make their case for Gov. Pence’s action as well .)
… These politicians need to be held accountable for their stance on this issue, and when voters and media members have their chance to question the potential nominees, we hope they won’t have forgotten this misstep. Discrimination under any guise is just plain wrong, and it’s hard to imagine electing someone for any position who feels otherwise. [Click here for the full editorial]