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Buttigieg Says He Is Critiquing Pence's Policies, Not His Faith

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Huff Post reports 2020 Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg says his criticisms of Vice President Mike Pence are about Pence's policies and not his religious beliefs. In an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Friday, Buttigieg said, “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, especially in the LGBTQ community." As governor of Indiana in 2015, Pence signed a version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into state law. The law allows business owners to cite their faith when sued by a private party, which means they can legally discriminate against LGBTQ people in some circumstances. Buttigieg added, “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 anyone in this country for who they are."