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Indiana governor was surrounded by anti-gay activists when he signed religious freedom bill

Indiana governor was surrounded by anti-gay activists when he signed religious freedom bill

Indiana Governor Mike Pence didn’t waste any time last week in signing SB 101 into law in a private ceremony.

While Pence is insisting his support of the so-called ‘religious freedom’ bill is not about discriminating against gays and lesbians, he was flanked by anti-gay activists when he placed his signature on it.

A new graphic created by Twitter user @SeaMonkey237 using GLAAD data identifies the men standing behind the governor at the signing ceremony not open to the public.

They included:

Micah Clark who believes homosexuality is a treatable disorder. He publicly raged against a lesbian high school student who wanted to wear a tuxedo to her prom.

Curt Smith who equate homosexuality with bestiality and adultery. He helped to write the bill that Pence signed.

Eric Miller distributed a flier that falsely claimed pastors could be jailed for preaching against homosexuality after same-sex marriage became legal in the state.

SB101 allows anyone – including private businesses and organizations – to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

A similar bill was vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer last year after threats of a boycott came from several major companies doing business with the state. Protests against the Indiana bill did not reach the same fever pitch until after Pence’s signing ceremony.

Pence appeared on ABC News over the weekend and would not directly answer a question about whether the bill is aimed at gays and lesbians.

Instead he pleaded for tolerance for people of faith.

‘…Here Indiana steps forward to protect the constitutional rights and privileges of freedom of religion for people of faith and families of faith in our state and this avalanche of intolerance that’s been poured on our state is just outrageous,’ Pence said.

The governor blamed the media for inaccurately describing the law.

‘There’s been shameless rhetoric about my state and about this law and about its intention all over the Internet,’ Pence insisted.