Governor Pence discusses division on LGBT protections

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence says he’s considering if the concerns of religious conservatives can be reconciled with those of gay rights supporters who want LGBT protections in law.

The Republican spoke to WRTV-TV in Indianapolis. He says nothing has been determined and he’s spending time studying the issue and listening to people. He says he’s learned Indiana residents cherish faith and don’t tolerate discrimination.

His comments come as lawmakers have largely shied away from speaking publicly about LGBT rights.

Democrats have planned to push legislation and several Indiana cities have considered adopting their own lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender protections.

Religious conservatives and gay rights supporters remain divided after last spring’s religious objections law, which generated national headlines. Critics say the law could sanction discrimination against gay and lesbian couples.

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