Governor Mike Pence upset about intolerance of his new law's intolerance
Governor Mike Pence appeared on ABC's ThisWeek to defend and clarify his new Indiana law that allows businesses to discriminate against gays and others. Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R-IN) signed the bill into law last week. The governor has been under attack from just about every sector.
George Stephanopoulos pointed out that one of the governor's supporters, Eric Miller of Advance America, wrote the following.
Christian bakers, florists and photographers should not be punished for refusing to participate in a homosexual marriage!
"This is a yes or no question," Stephanopoulos said. "Is Advance America right when they say a florist in Indiana can now refuse to serve a gay couple without fear of punishment?"
The Governor immediately went into spinning and non-answering mode. He said the purpose of the legislation is to protect the religious freedom of Hoosiers. He attempted to spin that President Obama signed similar bills in Illinois which of course is a false equivalence since Illinois Civil Rights laws protects against discrimination of gays.
Stephanopoulos tried to pin the governor down several times. He asked the same question requesting a yes or no answer on the specific case of a florist. The governor simply would not answer.
The governor actually implied that the Left was being intolerant of the intolerance the law represents. "The issue here," Mike Pence said. "Is tolerance a two way street or not. I mean there is a lot of talk about tolerance in this country today having to do with people on the Left." The governor and his ilk refuse to be cognizant of the fact that being gay is not a Left, Right, Republican, or Democratic thing. Gays are in every strata of our society.
In the end the governor states that the law will not be changed. He may sign clarifying language but the law stays as is.