After the Supreme Courts decision of DOMA Indiana Governor Mike Pence posted this statement on his Facebook page:
Governor Mike Pence
Wednesday, June 26 at 1:16pm near Indianapolis, IN
Governor Mike Pence today issued the following statement with regard to the United States Supreme Court decisions in U.S. v. Windsor and Hollingsworth v. Perry.
“I believe marriage is the union between a man and a woman and is a unique institution worth defending in our state and nation. For thousands of years, marriage has served as the glue that holds families and societies together and so it should ever be.
“While I am disappointed that the Supreme Court has overturned the federal Defense of Marriage Act, I am grateful that today's decisions respect the sovereignty of states on this important issue. These decisions preserve the duty and obligation of the states to define and administer marriage as they see fit.
“Now that the Supreme Court has had its say on the federal government’s role in defining marriage, the people of Indiana should have their say about how marriage is understood and defined in our state.
“Given that opportunity, I am confident that Hoosiers will reaffirm our commitment to traditional marriage and will consider this important question with civility and respect for the values and dignity of all of the people of our state.
“I look forward to supporting efforts by members of the Indiana General Assembly to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot for voter consideration next year.”
After posting this his staff then proceeded to delete a lot of the comments from people who did not agree with his statement. After the Indianapolis Start then posted a story on this Mike Pence then posted this apology:
STATEMENT FROM GOVERNOR MIKE PENCE:
"I believe that civility and respect for the opinion of others is essential to the democratic process. I also believe in the Freedom of Speech.
Over the past 24 hours, I became aware of concerns that comments responding to my statement of support for traditional marriage were being deleted from this Facebook page because they disagreed with my stated position.
Our longstanding policy, on this and other social media sites, has been to delete inflammatory comments that include name-calling, vulgarity or comments personally insulting to others. It was my understanding that the comments which were deleted all met this standard.
On careful review, it appear that this was not always the case and some comments were being deleted simply because they expressed disagreement with my position. I regret that this occurred and sincerely apologize to all those who were affected.
I have instructed our staff to review our policy and develop a standard of conduct similar to that of other elected officials and news organizations in the days ahead. We will post that policy prominently on this site.
Hoosiers expect our public debate to be open and respectful and we will ever seek to live up to that standard. In agreement or disagreement, I respect the opinions and the freedoms of all the people of Indiana."
Governor Mike Pence
Governor Pence can give all the apologies he wants, but the fact remains that when it comes to same sex marriage he is a bigot. The only reason he wrote that letter of apology is because the media called him out. I personally did not see any inflammatory comments posted, but I'm not saying there weren't any.
Mike Pence and his fellow Indiana Republican cronies have constantly passed laws and not caring or even questioning what the people of Indiana want. They want to defund Planned Parenthood, they have ruined education in Indiana, they refuse to expand Medicaid, and if Pence had it his way he would abolish the minimum wage in Indiana. They even tried to cut off unemployment after the sequester, but after the Public pushing back they rescinded that. It's time for voters in Indiana to wake up and get these idiots out of office. It's time to stop the super majority Republican Congress in Indiana. It's time to get the word out that the people of Indiana are losing.