During a press conference Tuesday, Pence announced he has been meeting with lawmakers “around the clock” to ensure the legislation does not allow for discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders.
“After much reflection and in consultation with the leadership of the general assembly,” Pence said, “I’ve come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses a right to deny services to anyone.”
Although the legislation did not make any specific mention of sexual orientation, opponents of the bill were quick to point out that it provided a legal loophole to residents and companies if they wanted to discriminate against LGBT—on grounds of their “religious beliefs.”
You know, that whole Leviticus, Romans, Timothy and Corinthians schtick that bigots like to throw up in the name of “religion”—all while totally ignoring the fact that the word homosexual, as we understand it in the modern world, wasn’t invented until the 19th century, and that the overwhelming message in the New Testament at least was one of love and acceptance.
Love thy neighbor as yourself, folks.
Anyway, a whole can of whoop ass was unleashed on Pence following the announcement of the new law—a slew of businesses, including the NCAA and NASCAR publicly condemned the legislation, and some states barred government-funded travel to Indiana.
Over the weekend, Apple head honcho, Tim Cook, penned a scathing op-ed piece in the Washington Post opposing the bill—and, White House press Secretary, Josh Earnest, attacked Indiana lawmakers during his briefing this morning.
“This piece of legislation flies in the face of the kinds of values that people all across the country strongly support,” Earnest said.
Meanwhile, Pence insists that the law has been “grossly mischaracterized” and its meaning “twisted” by its opponents.
“The Religious Freedom Restoration Act reflects federal law, as well as law in 30 states nationwide,” Pence wrote in an op-ed piece for the Wall Street Journal Monday.
“I abhor discrimination,” he insisted.”’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.”
Sure Pence, whatever.