March 30, 2015 11:00 pm -

[su_right_ad]Indiana Governor Mike Pence has an op-ed in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal falsely claiming that Indian’s anti-gay law is just like laws passed in other states.

I want to make clear to Hoosiers and every American that despite what critics and many in the national media have asserted, the law is not a “license to discriminate,” either in Indiana or elsewhere. In fact, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act reflects federal law, as well as law in 30 states nationwide. Indiana’s legislation is about affording citizens full protection under Indiana law.

I abhor discrimination. I believe in the Golden Rule that you should “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn’t eat there anymore. As governor of Indiana, if I were presented a bill that legalized discrimination against any person or group, I would veto it. Indiana’s new law contains no reference to sexual orientation. It simply mirrors federal law that President Bill Clinton signed in 1993.

The laws are not the same as Garrett Epps outlines in The Atlantic. The Indiana law is far broader.



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 Pence Doubles Down In WSJ Op-Ed

  1. StoneyCurtisll March 30th, 2015 at 11:28 pm

    The Wall Street Journal, owed by News Corps as is Fox ‘News’..

  2. granpa.usthai March 30th, 2015 at 11:49 pm

    The Federal Government should shut down all Federal Facilities in Indiana.

    • Candide Thirtythree March 31st, 2015 at 3:08 am

      NOW THAT would be awesome!

  3. jybarz March 30th, 2015 at 11:55 pm

    Ah, the Golden Rule!


    Traditionally, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” … centuries before Christ, was “Don’t do to others what you wouldn’t want done to yourself”.

    The difference between the negative rule compared to the positive rule is one action and caring. The negative rule requires one not to do something. It is passive, almost to the point of indifference for the other person. The positive rule requires one to Do something. It is active. One has to care for the other person, at least as a fellow
    human being.

    Unfortunately, Pence’s law is a negative dressed in a positive cloak.

    If he really abhors discrimination, then he must really hate himself bcause the law, as most decent and fair minded people, see it is legalizing discrimination against the LGBT for starters.

    But, why doesn’t he see it?

    He actually does, but he pretends he doesn’t.

    • Candide Thirtythree March 31st, 2015 at 3:08 am

      Not seeing facts that are standing right there in front of you, beating you in the face is one of those republican superpowers.

  4. ExPFCWintergreen March 31st, 2015 at 12:17 am

    I’m going with the second option

  5. Foundryman March 31st, 2015 at 12:19 am

    I seen his little interview on ABC yesterday. This man and his entire political party are so out of touch from reality that calling them delusional doesn’t go near far enough. They are much more dangerous to America that ISIS and Al Qaida will ever be.

  6. rg9rts March 31st, 2015 at 1:55 am


  7. mea_mark March 31st, 2015 at 9:18 am

    Pence is doubling down because the stupid GOP voters will buy his BS.