When Pence gave businesses the right to discriminate against members of the LGBT community, his approval ratings plummeted nearly 20 points in his home state and he was quickly disregarded as a serious presidential contender.
This comes as no surprise though. Across the country this past week, Americans celebrated the Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage – and most are opposed to Pence’s bill.
And yet, even after the events of the last weeks and months – the 2016 GOP field are still standing against equality.
Here’s what they have said:
- Jeb Bush on Hugh Hewitt: “Governor Pence has done the right thing.”
- Rand Paul voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and suggested whether business should have the right to discriminate based on sexual orientation should be left up to the “marketplace.”
- Ted Cruz sponsored legislation that would give organizations a license to discriminate against same-sex couples and believes that the government should not force anyone to serve same-sex couples if they say it goes against their religion.
- Chris Christie: “I know Mike Pence, and he’s got nothing but love in his heart for people and I just do not believe that in any way Mike Pence would intend for anything that happen in his state on his watch to be discriminatory towards any person.”
- Marco Rubio voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act because he thought it would provide “special protections” for gay people and he also believes businesses should be able to discriminate against the LGBT community.
- Rick Perry: “I stand with @GovPenceIN.”
- Scott Walker: “‘As a matter of principle, Gov. Walker believes in broad religious freedom and the right for Americans to exercise their religion and act on their conscience,’ AshLee Strong, the press secretary for Walker’s Our American Revival, said in a statement.