Upon further review, it is becoming quite clear Indiana Governor Mike Pence is not a fan of the LGBT community.
Pence, the Republican Vice Presidential nominee, created international headlines last year when he signed the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” -- a piece of legislation permitting Indiana businesses to discriminate on the basis of religion. Now, as revealed by Right Wing Watch, we know Pence headed the Indiana Policy Review from 1991 to 1994, overseeing and penning several anti-gay letters.
In one letter Pence argues against allowing gays to serve openly in the U.S. military. Here’s what he wrote:
“Homosexuals are not as a group able bodied. They are known to carry extremely high rates of disease brought on because of the nature of their sexual practices and the promiscuity which is a hallmark of their lifestyle.”
While Trump has made statements of affirmation towards gays and lesbians in regards to protections from terrorists, Pence has remained silent on LGBT issues altogether.
While head of the IPR, Pence also took issue with the Wall Street Journal participating in a job fair for gay journalists and doubted the objectivity of a gay journalist. In a piece -- titled “The Pinked Newsroom” – the IPR argued “gaydom” is a “pathological condition” that slants coverage.
The IPR contends: “[T]he more extreme of the gay movement consider themselves members of a sexual determined political party.”
Republican Presidential nominee Donald J. Trump selected Pence as his running mate just prior to the party’s convention in Cleveland. While Trump has made statements of affirmation towards gays and lesbians in regards to protections from terrorists, Pence has remained silent on LGBT issues all together.
In February he was asked whether someone should be fired from their job because they are gay or transgender and Pence could not give a direct answer. In digging through the IPR archives, Right Wing Watch also found Pence was not thrilled with the Republican National Committee’s decision to give stage time to AIDS activists at their 1996 convention.
“An endless line of pro-choice women, AIDS activists, and proponents of Affirmative Action,” Pence wrote.