Pence Defends ‘Religious Freedom’ Law: ‘We’re Not Going to Change the Law’

On Sunday’s “This Week with George Stephanopolous,” Gov. Mike Pence (R-IN) defended his state’s so-called Religious Freedom Law and vowed not to back down by changing the law.

“We’re not going to change the law,” Pence said, “but if the general assembly in Indiana sends me a bill that adds a section that reiterates and amplifies and clarifies what the law really is and what it has been for the last 20 years, than I’m open to that.”

Pence argued it was a law that defended religious liberty from the government and not a law that is a license for discrimination as critics have said.

“The question here is if there is a government action or a law that an individual believes impinges on their religious liberty, they have the opportunity to go to court, just as the Religious Freedom and Reformation Act that Bill Clinton signed allowed them, to go to court and the court would evaluate the circumstance under the standards articulated in this act,” he added.

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