Former Florida governor and potential GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush said Monday that he supports Indiana's religious freedom bill, saying that Indiana Governor Mike Pence had 'done the right thing' in signing it.

Appearing Sunday on ABC's This Week, Pence said he signed the bill to protect “with the highest standards in our courts the religious liberty of Hoosiers.”

Critics argue that the bill is a response to a federal ruling striking down Indiana's ban on gay marriage. They point to the bill's broad language, the state's lack of LGBT protections and even the anti-gay rhetoric used by some of its backers to argue that the bill's intent is to legalize discrimination against members of the LGBT community.

Appearing on the Hugh Hewitt Show radio program, Bush was asked to weigh in on the controversy.

“I think if they actually got briefed on the law that they wouldn't be blasting this law,” Bush said. “I think Governor Pence has done the right thing.”

“This is simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs, to be able to be people of conscience. I think once the facts are established, people aren't going to see this as discriminatory at all.”

Bush, however, went on to point to two cases where businesses owners cited their faith in the course of refusing service to gay and lesbian couples.

“There are incidents of people who, for example the florist in Washington state who had a business that based on her conscience she couldn't be participating in a gay wedding, organizing it, even though one of the people was a friend of hers, and she was taken to court. … Or the photographer in New Mexico. There are many cases where people acting on their conscience have been castigated by the government,” Bush said.

(Related: Judge fines florist who refuse to serve gay couple.)