Mike Pence & Indiana’s Anti-Gay Law Represent An American Problem

By Michael Arceneaux

Mike Pence

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In a complete waste of time, Indiana Governor Mike Pence held a press conference on Tuesday morning to “clarify” the intent of the law known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which would allow business to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

Pence said, “I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses the right to discriminate against anyone.” Pence went on to add, “I don’t support discrimination against gays or lesbians or anyone else. I abhor discrimination. No one should be harassed or mistreated because of who they are, who they love, or what they believe.”

The problem with Pence’s comments are that they are dishonest and disingenuous. Pence is the same person who, when serving in Congress, voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, which proposed to ban discrimination based on one’s sexual orientation. As Think Progress’ Kay Steiger notes, Pence claimed not to support discrimination of any kind, and yet, argued “that by extending the reach of Federal law to cover sexual orientation, employment discrimination protections, in effect, can wage war on the free exercise of …read more

Source:: News One

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