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Same-Sex Families Don't Count In Pence's Economic Plan

MikePenceIndiana Rep. Mike Pence has a long history of touting homophobic politics.

He joined forces with the Family Research Council to spread lies about hate crimes laws creating a "special class" of people and he warned of "mainstreaming" gays in the military.

And those exclusionary politics are on full display now that the Republican lawmaker is running for governor.

One of the load-bearing planks in his platform is the idea that "two-parent, intact households" can help eradicate poverty. Gay couples, however, need not apply.

"I understand the desire of some to hurry off to the fault lines of a social issues debate, but I actually think we could create a broad consensus around this where we say in effect, 'Are there ways for us in Indiana to affirm two-parent, married couples and to encourage more kids to get married, to stay married and to wait to have kids until they get married?," Pence said in an AP interview.

Same-sex couples aren't part of his plan because they can't get married, he said. Marriage equality is banned in Indiana, and you can be sure Pence isn't interested in making it legal. "Our focus here is on an affirmative statement about traditional, two-parent married couples," he said.

Aaron Schaler from the Indiana chapter of the Stonewall Democrats responded by saying, "Mike Pence needs to look at the many, many cases where same-sex couples do it well and in many cases have done it better than opposite-sex couples." It may also be helpful for him to look at data showing income disparities between same-sex and heterosexual couples.

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  1. People like him are voted in by all Americans gay and straight, black and white, rich and poor and when we vote for these people we are looking for a responsible person to manage our business of running where we live in such a way as to include all of us. Today we get these people who some how get into power only to be told they don't care about the people any more and think of themselves or who gives them the most money. These people are not the kind of people you want to vote for if they don't care anymore about people because they are suppose to care about all people and if they don't then don't vote for them. A good manager or leader cares about all the people all the time.

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  4. It does not have to be one or the other! I am all for strong families and reproductive responsibility! How about getting beyond the flat earth thinking when it comes to sexuality ? Huge in only having kids born into stable families is Birth Control! It is time for people like him to stop using sexual minorities as a scapegoat.

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  5. I'd love to see how a republican who wants less government will get the government to insure that only married people have kids.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 6, 2012 2:03:11 PM

  6. I live in Indiana and am terrified of what he will do to this already backward state. I wish my partner and I could afford to move to another state, but to relocate at 61 is a very expensive event

    Posted by: Michael White | Oct 6, 2012 2:52:23 PM

  7. There have been rumors about Mike Pence's sexuality....

    Posted by: jason | Oct 6, 2012 6:35:19 PM

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