Democratic leaders respond to Pence on RFRA

Indiana Statehouse
(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Indiana Democratic leaders Rep. Scott Pelath and Sen. Tim Lanane spoke on Tuesday in response to Gov. Mike Pence’s press conference on RFRA.

“I have been monitoring (Pence’s) remarks closely. And I don’t see any indication that there is a willingness to see that a mistake has been made,” said Rep. Pelath. “The remedy has to be clear, decisive and understandable. The most understandable thing to do is to repeal it, and repeal it promptly.”

The legislator stated that he felt the governor needed to fix the damage that he had done to the Hoosier state.

The response press conference came one hour after the governor’s press conference, where Pence stated that, “We will fix this.”

Rep. Lanane was frustrated at the lack of communication between parties on the original legislation and on the promise that the bill would be fixed.

“This had not been a bipartisan approach. I have not heard form Senator Long, but I hope to hear from him soon,” said Sen. Lanane.

Lanane had harsh words for the bill. He said the bill is “tainted and needs to be repealed.”

He stated that Indiana Democrats had an answer to the firestorm caused by RFRA.

“It is our idea to amend the Indiana Civil Rights Act, to add sexual orientation as a protected class,” Lanane said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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