Indiana Governor won’t say if he would have signed failed gay rights bill

Indiana Gov, Mike Pence formally announces his reelection campaign in Indianapolis, Thursday, June 18, 2015. Michael Conroy, AP

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence isn’t saying whether he would have signed the state Senate’s failed proposal for extending anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Pence declined to say Wednesday what he would do if the bill had made it to his desk.

“I just wouldn’t care to answer a hypothetical question,” the governor said. “I think in my State of the State address what I sought to do is lay out the parameters where I would give careful consideration to any legislation that would reach my desk.”

The governor also said in the address that he would not sign any legislation that hindered religious freedom, which he made priority over LGB rights.

The bill would have extended protections to lesbians, gays and bisexuals, but not transgender people. It also included a long list of religious exemptions for clergy, small businesses and religious organizations.

Pence spoke briefly with reporters after filing his re-election documents with state election officials, a day after GOP senators abandoned efforts to pass the gay rights bill this year.

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