Mike Pence toldÂ George Stephanopoulos Sunday morning Indiana will not change the anti-gay “religious freedom” bill and he’s “proud” of it.
After a week of exponentially increasing criticism, Mike Pence decided to fight back Sunday morning on ABC News’ “The Week.” The embattled and fatiguedÂ Republican Governor toldÂ George Stephanopoulos he is “proud” of Indiana’s anti-gay Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and insisted, “We’re not going to change the law.”
Pence also greatly mischaracterized his state’s RFRA, all but stating it is exactly like the federalÂ Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. It is not. He also wrongly suggested his law is similar to those of the other 19 states that have enacted RFRAs. It is not.
Plainly put, the IndianaÂ Religious Freedom Restoration Act is greatly different from both the federal RFRA and the other state RFRAs, and Pence’s suggestions to the contrary are misleading at best, intentionally factually false at worst.Â
Stephanopoulos asked Gov. Pence if he thought gays and lesbians should be protected from discrimination several times. Pence refused to answer the question each time.
He also told the ABC News host that it “absolutely” was not a mistake to sign the law, and claimed the law is “not about discrimination,” but merelyÂ “about empowering people to confront government overreach.”
Pence claimed there has been a “tremendous amount of misunderstanding and misinformation” surrounding the RFRA.
“I’m just determined to clarify this bill, this is about protecting the religious liberty of people of faith and families of faith.”Â
Pence refused to answerÂ Stephanopoulos’ question if a “florist in Indiana can now refuse to serve a gay couple without fear of punishment,” but insisted “there’s been shameless rhetoric” about the law.
Pence also falsely stated the Indiana law does not apply to private parties unless the government is involved.Â
Time and time, over and over again Pence cited the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act rather than the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act when making his pointsÂ â€“ a clear and calculated attempt to mislead and misinform.
And he repeatedly refused to answer if gays and lesbian should be discriminated against.
Gov. Pence also adamantly insisted adding protections for LGBT people is not on his “agenda.”Â
People on social media were outraged with Pence’s performance:
mike pence whines about “avalanche of intolerance” targeted at indiana. gee, wonder how gay people feel.
â€” Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 29, 2015
Gov. Pence of Indiana on ABC right now refusing several times to say if florist will be able to turn gays away. #ItsNotOver
â€” Mike Signorile (@MSignorile) March 29, 2015
#BoycottIndiana Just saw Mike Pence on ABC – he can’t answer a simple question
â€” Donald Poppke (@DPoppke) March 29, 2015
@ABC Wow, Gov. Pence goes on television to clarify and makes It clear that Indiana deserves a boycott. A disastrous tone deaf performance.
â€” Richard Aurelio (@RichardAurelio1) March 29, 2015
Yes or no, is it ok to discriminate against gays/lesbians in Indiana? Gov. Mike Pence refuses to answer the question on @ThisWeekABC
â€” Cecilia Vega (@CeciliaVegaABC) March 29, 2015
Go ahead, Pence. Dig a deeper hole for yourself.
â€” Circle City Smartass (@SlikSmits) March 29, 2015
I haven’t watched the Sunday shows in awhile- my god this mike pence is painful and pathetic
â€” Mike (@mike_racc) March 29, 2015
Mike Pence can’t answer a yes or no question on whether it should be legal to discriminate against other Americans.
â€” Doug Thornell (@dthornell) March 29, 2015
Stephenapoulos just asked Gov Pence ten times “Yes or no? Should it be legal to discriminate against gays?” and the dude kept deflecting.
â€” Gaurav Sabnis (@gauravsabnis) March 29, 2015
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Crimo later borrowed his mother’s car.
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In April Bailey held a fundraiser to “win one of these great guns” and “help fuel our movement to reform Springfield and restore Illinois.”
Friends, help fuel our movement to reform Springfield and restore Illinois and enter to win one of these great guns. Winners will be drawn tomorrow at our event from 2-4 PM. You do not have to be present to win.
— Darren Bailey for Governor (@DarrenBaileyIL) April 22, 2022
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