Pence writes op-ed on RFRA for Wall Street Journal

Mike Pence
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence pauses while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Friday, Feb. 27, 2015 in National Harbor, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Governor Mike Pence continues to maintain that the law is not a “license to discriminate” in an op-ed that will appear in the Wall Street Journal.

A spokesperson for Pence said his comments on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act will appear in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal.

“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,” said Pence.

In an interview on ABC Sunday Pence stated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was put in place to keep the government from impinging on personal religious beliefs. The statement also appears in the op-ed.

“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,” said Pence. “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”

On Sunday the governor said that he did not intend to change the law, but would look at any amendments the Indiana General Assembly might send his way.

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