Former Vice President Mike Pence said he supports traditional marriage between one man and one woman and would vote for the Democratic-led Respect for Marriage Act if he votes for it.
Pence addressed the radical legislation this week during an interview on “The Hugh Hewitt Show” about the former vice president’s new book, “So Help Me.” Hewitt questioned Pence about how Republicans would react to the legislation.
“I would vote for it,” Hewitt said, arguing that the legislation protects religious freedom (although many religious leaders argue that the legislation doesn’t actually adequately protect religious freedom).
Pence responded by discussing when Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 2015 went into effect. Pence signed the act into law as governor.
“Almost overnight, it was characterized by the national media and the political left across the country as a license to discriminate, at the time there were about 30 states with religious freedom,” Pence said, referring to former President Bill Clinton’s federal religious freedom law. signed.
“It was in the days before the Obergefell decision that legalized same-sex marriage that there was a religious belief that I share, a desire to make sure that marriage is between one man and one woman. so that they can continue these beliefs in work, worship and life,” he explained.
Pence insisted that he will always have his own deep views “about traditional marriage.”
“If I were in the United States Congress, I would vote according to my values,” he said. “I really believe that at the end of the day in Indiana, we’ve ended up just standing on the express language of the Indiana Constitution. One of the ways God used this experience in my life was that six months after the Indiana controversy, we were able to bring the state back together with a focus on religious freedom, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of conscience. , it’s in the Indiana Constitution. ”
“I would vote for my values,” he said, pressed to say whether he would vote for the legislation. “I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman.”
HR 8404, which passed the House in July, “authorizes same-sex and interracial marriage” and repeals provisions that define marriage as between a man and a woman.
The legislation also “repeals and replaces provisions that do not require states to recognize same-sex marriages from other states and provisions that prohibit the denial of full faith and credit or any right or claim related to out-of-state marriages. sex, race, ethnic origin, or national origin” authorizes “the Department of Justice to file a civil action” and “creates a private right of action for violations.
Democratic advocates say the law promotes equality, but religious leaders have warned that it clearly targets people of faith.
On Wednesday, HR 8404 received 62 yes votes to 37 nay votes in the Senate.
Twelve Republicans voted to improve the legislation: Senators Roy Blunt of Missouri, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Shelley Capito of West Virginia, Susan Collins of Maine, Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mitt Romney of Utah, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, Tom Tillis of North Carolina, Joni Ernst of Iowa, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Indiana Todd Young.
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