Anti-gay Indiana Governor Mike Pence says he will not support adding protections for LGBT people to the state’s civil rights laws in a contentious interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
Pence appeared on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” to defend the mean-spirited measure that gives Christian conservatives a license to discriminate against LGBT people and others they find undesirable based on their sincerely held religious beliefs.
A defensive Pence complained about an Internet conspiracy to make Indiana seem like anti-gay bigots, while presenting himself as exactly that: an anti-gay bigot.
Pence refused to answer repeated questions about the potential for discrimination and abuse under Indiana’s new “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” he recently signed into law.
In the telling interview Stephanopoulos repeatedly pushed Pence to answer a simple yes or no question: Does Indiana’s new so-called “religious freedom” law enshrine discrimination against LGBT couples?
Pence did not answer directly when asked at least six times whether under the law it would be legal for a merchant to refuse to serve gay customers.
While Pence repeatedly dodged Stephanopoulos’ pointed questions, he did openly declare that he had no plans to add protections for LGBT people to the state’s civil rights laws, in essence admitting that he tacitly condones discrimination against LGBT people.
In the interview Pence complains about his state being mistreated, but the mistreatment is well deserved. The “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” is naked bigotry in service to a perverse impulse towards Christian theocracy.
Whether or not Pence is a real-life anti-gay bigot, or just plays one on television, it does not matter at this point. Either way Pence brings shame to Indiana, and shame to the nation.
Watch the interview below: