Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) appeared on Fox & Friends Tuesday morning to defend his “religious liberty” bill from stinging backlash, and promise further clarity on the bill’s potential discriminatory impact from the Indiana legislature.
When co-host Steve Doocy paraphrased Reverend Al Sharpton as saying the bill was racist (did he?), Pence cited his participation in the 45th anniversary of Selma.
“Five years ago my wife and my family walked the Edmund Pettus Bridge with John Lewis when I co-chaired the pilgramage to mark the 45th anniversary of Bloody Sunday,” Pence said. “I abhor discrimination. If I was in a restaurant and saw a business owner deny services to someone because they were gay, I wouldn’t eat there anymore. Frankly, that’s how most Hoosiers are.”
“It’s important to me in this process — and we’ll do it through legislation — that people know that Indiana is standing here for religious liberty,” he added. “But there was never any intention in this law to create a license to discriminate.”
Selma has now been invoked on both sides of this debate, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest having alluded to it in an interview with ABC News Sunday to describe President Barack Obama’s position against the bill.
Watch the clip below, via Fox News:
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