January 13, 2016 at 5:19 pm EST | by Staff reports
Pence defends religious freedom measures
Mike Pence, gay news, Washington Blade

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence defended religious freedom within the context of efforts to ban anti-LGBT discrimination. (Photo by Gage Skidmore; courtesy Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence on Jan. 12 during his annual State of the State address again defended religious freedom within the context of efforts to ban anti-LGBT discrimination.

“I will not support any bill that diminishes the religious freedom of Hoosiers or that interferes with the constitutional rights of our citizens to live out their beliefs in worship, service or work,” said the Republican, according to the Indianapolis Star.

The newspaper reported that Pence said Indiana is already “an open and welcoming state that respects everyone.” The Republican added, “no one should be harassed or mistreated because of who they are, who they love or what they believe.”

“No one should ever fear persecution because of their deeply held religious beliefs,” said Pence, according to the Indianapolis Star.

Chris Paulsen, campaign manager for Freedom Indiana, a group that supports efforts to ban anti-LGBT discrimination in the state, criticized Pence’s speech.

“This is a complete letdown,” said Paulsen.

3 Comments
  • what else would you expect of an evangelical xtian – the new name of the southern baptists of slavery and segregation and a spin off of the dutch church of apartheid in south africa

    the battle is not over. continue support for your local / state wide lgbt group

  • No one should me mistreated or harassed for who they are, who they love or what they believe. Yet what people believe (religion), is protected by state and federal laws while who you are and love (gay and lesbian people) are not!
    What you say and what happens in reality are not the same thing.

    Remind us again why GLBT should vote Republican?

  • I’m very scared of him and the magic he believes in. Who KNOWS what kind of spells he wants to have cast on me!!

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