March 29, 2015 8:12 pm -

[su_right_ad]George Stephanopoulos repeatedly asked Indiana Governor Mike Pence if it’s now legal in Indiana for a business to refuse to serve a gay person. Pence kept going on about how other states did the same thing, how Bill Clinton did the same thing, and would not give a simple yes or no answer.

“There’s been shameless rhetoric about my state and this law and its intention all over the internet,” Pence said. “People are trying to make it about one particular issue, and now you’re doing that as well.”

Stephanopoulos asked the question several more times. “It’s a simple yes or no question,” Stephanopoulos said.

“The issue here is: is tolerance a two-way street or not?” Pence said. “There’s a lot of talk about tolerance in this country having to do with people on the left. Here Indiana steps forward to protect the constitutional rights and privileges of freedom of religion for people of faith in our state, and this avalanche of intolerance that’s been poured on our state is outrageous.”

Pence reiterated that he will not make LGBT citizens a protected class. “It doesn’t have anything to do with this law,” he objected. “This isn’t about individual rights or preferential rights for anyone.”

Pence said the business industry backlash, which already includes the collapse of a deal between Indianapolis and Angie’s List, was due to the “gross mischaracterization” of the law. “Frankly, some of the media coverage of this has been shameless and reckless,” Pence said.[su_center_ad]

Stephanopoulos finally asked if Pence thought it should be legal to discriminate against gays or lesbians. “Come on!” Pence responded. “Hoosiers don’t believe in discrimination.” Stephanopoulos reiterated the question. “You’re trying to make this issue about something else,” Pence said. “I signed the bill. We’re going to explain to people who don’t understand it.”


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

9 responses to Mike Pence Repeatedly Won’t Answer If It’s Legal To Refuse To Serve A Gay Person In Indiana

  1. bpollen March 29th, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Bookends of Denial

  2. allison1050 March 29th, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Okay, so Pence isn’t man enough to take a verbal stand about the law he just signed.

    • granpa.usthai March 30th, 2015 at 4:25 am

      none of the ‘new’ republiCONs of the religious reich are.

  3. William March 29th, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    “Pence reiterated that he will not make LGBT citizens a protected class”
    Nobody is asking you to. It’s not about a protected class, it’s about equal rights under the law.

    • granpa.usthai March 30th, 2015 at 4:24 am

      that’s his code words for: u r free to discriminate against gays – then blacks – then jews – then women – then asians – then latinos -then muslims – etc. etc. etc. -all while forcing the US taxpayers to pay for their losses.

      • granpa.usthai March 30th, 2015 at 4:27 am

        all federal $$$ to Indiana should be immediately FROZEN.

  4. labman57 March 30th, 2015 at 1:30 am

    There aren’t enough spin doctors on the State of Indiana payroll to remove the stench from this POS legislation.

  5. granpa.usthai March 30th, 2015 at 4:20 am

    the full intent of this law is to deny gays EQUAL RIGHTS under the law. Just as in Nazi Germany – they go after one group then ‘legally’ go after the others. Having lost their religious control over the people at large, they can only attempt to RULE OVER the people through mindless illegal and unconstitutional laws.
    It’s up to the citizens of Indiana to either fight back (recalls/boycotts/urging businesses to relocate out of state/encouraging other states and cities to fight back) =or= like Germany in 1945, go down with the ship.

    • Warman1138 March 30th, 2015 at 5:53 am

      It’s like all the Nazis from that era have reincarnated into the GOP.