“Friend Of Gays” Donald Trump Selects Anti-LGBT Indiana Governor Mike Pence As His VP

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said Friday Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his choice to be his running mate.

“I am pleased to announce that I have chosen Governor Mike Pence as my Vice Presidential running mate. News conference tomorrow at 11:00 A.M.,” the presumptive Republican nominee tweeted.

Last year, Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allowed businesses and individuals in Indiana to deny services to LGBT people under the guise of “religious freedom,” and shielded them from potential lawsuits.

Pence said his bill would help the people of Indiana who “feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action.”

“The legislation, SB 101, is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact,” said Pence in a statement at the time. “I strongly support the legislation and applaud the members of the General Assembly for their work on this important issue.

In response to the abhorrent anti-LGBT bill, major corporations threatened to boycott the state, including Angie’s List, who suspended plans to expand its Indianapolis headquarters. “Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents,” Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle said in a statement at the time.

In response to the backlash, Pence took to ABC News’ This Week to declare that people on the Internet had conspired to create a “misunderstanding” that a so-called “religious freedom” law was about denying services to LGBT people. Pence also repeatedly refused to answer whether the new law effectively gave Christians a legal defense for discriminating against same-sex couples.

“I understand that there’s been a tremendous amount of misinformation and misunderstanding around this bill, and I’m just determined — and I appreciate the time on your program — I’m just determined to clarify this,” Pence told ABC This Week’s host George Stephanopolous.

During his 2000 congressional campaign, Pence argued that money from the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program should be redirected to organizations “which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behavior.”

Earlier this month, Trump endorsed North Carolina’s anti-LGBT bill, which bans transgender people from using public bathrooms consistent with their gender identity, and bans cities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances protecting LGBT people.

When a reporter from The News & Observer asked him if he supports North Carolina’s anti-LGBT bill, here what he said:

“I’m going with the state. The state, they know what what’s going on, they see what’s happening and generally speaking I’m with the state on things like this. I’ve spoken with your governor, I’ve spoken with a lot of people and I’m going with the state.”