I doubt that Governor Pence was terribly interested in one of National Organization for Marriage’s petitions signed by people who do not reside in Indiana. They have removed the petition from ActRight rather than simply indicating that it was closed. I suspect that they did not want people to see how few signatures were on it or the rather lengthy comment thread. Nevertheless, in an email to supporters:

We’ve won a big victory! After thousands of NOM supporters contacted Governor Mike Pence through our petition, the Indiana governor said forcefully in his state of the state address, “I will not support any bill that diminishes the religious freedom of Hoosiers or that interferes with the Constitutional rights of our citizens to live out their beliefs in worship, service or work.”

This is a tremendous victory, because before our petition was launched, the governor was reported to be considering so-called “sexual orientation/gender identity” legislation that creates special legal rights for gays, lesbians and the ‘transgendered.’

This continues with offensive anti-trans language. Pence’s statement is somewhat ambiguous. We will have to see how this plays out but sure as Hell NOM has nothing to do with it. Not that any of this has anything to do with marriage. Brown is just seeking a reason to continue to exist for a paycheck. Principled.

By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.