Indiana Governor Mike Pence launched a spirited defense of the Hoosier State’s “Religious Freedom” law against aggressive questioning from “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos and made it very clear he can hold his own with the libs in the media.
Stephanopoulos came out swinging, barely giving Pence a chance to say hello before he began his hit job on the governor. But the governor hit back.
Stephanopoulos asked Pence if the law would make it legal for a Christian baker to deny service to a gay couple and harped on the question, going so far as to interrupt his guest while he tried to explain the law.
“It’s a simple yes or no question,” Stephanopoulos exclaimed.
Pence was having none of it.
“The issue here is — Is tolerance a two-way street or not? I mean, you know, there’s a lot of talk about tolerance in this country today having to do with people on the left,” Pence explained.
“Here, Indiana steps forward to protect the constitutional rights and privileges of freedom of religion for people of faith and families of faith in our state. And this avalanche of intolerance that’s been poured on our state is just outrageous.”
Pence said that the law allows individuals to go to court to fight a government action or law they believe infringes on their liberty, the same way the Religious Freedom Restoration Act president Bill Clinton signed allowed.
Stephanopoulos asked Pence if he would add sexual orientation as a “protected class.”
“That’s not on my agenda,” Pence said. “This isn’t about individual rights or preferential rights for anyone.”
Pence said he is open to “amplify what this bill really is in the legislative process” but will not change the law itself.
Stephanopoulos was hitting with his left, but he never landed a glove.
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