In a press conference Tuesday morning, Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) said he stands by his state’s controversial “religious freedom” law and does not regret pushing it through. But in answering the first question from reporters he did admit that when it came to his contentious interview on This Week with George Stephanopoulos over the weekend he “could have handled that better.”
The first question out of the gate repeated the inquiry that Stephanopoulos asked again and again on Sunday without getting a yes or no answer from the governor. “Under this law, is it legal for a florist to deny service to same-sex couple citing religious reasons?” the reporter asked.
With far less hedging than he employed on This Week, Pence said, “This law does not give anyone the right to deny service to any gay and lesbian couples.”
“Look, I could have handled that better this weekend,” he added. “But going into the interview this weekend I was determined to set the record straight about what this law really is.”
As Pence has quickly learned, he still has some work to do on that front.
Watch video below, via Fox News:
And you can watch Stephanopoulos’ full interview with Pence below, via ABC:
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