Local representatives react to clarification legislation for Religious Freedom Restoration Act
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 29, 2015) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence is in the national spotlight after an interview Sunday morning.
Questions remain about what the Religious Freedom Restoration Act means and the power it holds.
“I understand that there’s been a tremendous amount of misinformation, misunderstanding, I’m just determined to clarify this,” Pence said.
Saturday, the governor said he would support clarification legislation, however, he said he won’t repeal the law.
Democratic Representative Ed Delaney pushed for a statewide amendment before the law was passed. He said the law specifically discriminates against people in the LGBT community.
“We probably need a law that says we do not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation,” Delaney said.
Governor Pence said that is not something he will support.
“I will not push for that. That’s not on my agenda and that’s not been. That’s not been an objective of the people of the state of Indiana,” Pence said in the interview.
One possibility could be an amendment stating the religious freedom law couldn’t challenge local non-discrimination laws. A handful of cities, like Indianapolis have already passed the measures. It specifically protects gays and lesbians. The measure has failed to pass statewide.