Pence Promises Legislative Clarification for RFRA

Mar 31, 2015

Gov. Mike Pence gave a statement and took questions from the press on RFRA Tuesday in Indianapolis.
Credit Gretchen Frazee / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Governor Mike Pence says he wants to see legislation on his desk by the end of the week that clarifies the intent of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

The governor says RFRA is meant to protect people’s religious liberties and does not allow businesses to deny services to gay and lesbian couples.

“No one should be harassed or mistreated because of who they are, who they love or what they believe,” Pence said.

He added that much of the criticism Indiana has been receiving is because of a misunderstanding about what the law actually does.

And that’s why he says he’s been working around the clock with lawmakers to come up with legislation that would make it clear that RFRA is not a license to discriminate.

Pence says the exact wording of that legislation is still being worked out.