Mayor Pete Buttigieg told talk show host Ellen DeGeneres that he has not criticized Vice President Mike Pence’s religion, but does oppose Pence using religion as “justification to harm people”:
I’m not critical of his faith; I’m critical of bad policies. I don’t have a problem with religion. I’m religious, too. I have a problem with religion being used as a justification to harm people and especially in the LGBTQ community…
If [Pence] wanted to clear this up. He could come out today and say he’s changed his mind, that it shouldn’t be legal to discriminate against anybody in this country for who they are.
Pence falsely claimed during an interview with CNN that he doesn’t support discrimination despite having signed a bill — while he was governor of Indiana — that allowed religious business owners to discriminate against LGBT people , notes The Hill:
I don’t believe in discrimination against anybody. I treat everybody how I want to be treated,. The truth of it is, all of us have our own religious convictions. Pete has his convictions, I have mine…All of us in this country have a right to our religious beliefs.