Last year, Indiana Governor Mike Pence found himself in the middle of a media firestorm after signing the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law, which was eventually modified, permitted business owners to refuse services to LGBTI customers if they felt it conflicted with their faith.
Businessman, and reality star, Donald Trump is looking at Pence as a possible vice president candidate in the upcoming election for the White House.
According to ABC News, the two Republicans met yesterday (2 July), at the Trump National Golf Club in New Jersey.
Pence associates have noted the governor is under consideration as Trump’s number two. Pence’s wife was also in attendance.
Marc Lotter, deputy campaign manager for Pence’s re-election campaign, said the following to ABC:
‘The Pences enjoyed spending warm and productive time with the Trumps,’ the deputy campaign manager said. ‘They enjoyed talking about policies that are working in Indiana and the future of this country. Nothing was offered and nothing was accepted. The Pences are now happy to be back in Indiana getting ready for a full slate of Independence Day activities tonight and tomorrow.’
Earlier this year, at a a town hall meeting, Pence could not give a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer when asked if he thought LGBTI citizens should be fired from their jobs just for being gay.
As for the present leader of the GOP, Trump’s views on LGBTI equality are slippery. In a recent interview, he said he would consider, if elected, issuing an LGBTI Pride Month proclamation each June. However, he is opposed to marriage equality, promising to appoint justices to the US Supreme Court who will reverse the landmark 2015 ruling that made same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
On the battle between North Carolina and the federal government on transgender rights, the Republican nominee thinks states should decide if citizens should use public restrooms consistent with their gender identity.
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