- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mike Pence says a new Indiana religious objections law that’s sparked widespread criticism of the state wasn’t intended “to create a license to discriminate” against gays and lesbians.

Pence said during a Tuesday appearance on Fox & Friends that opponents have “mischaracterized” the law. He blamed those misconceptions on “some on the left” and “some in the national media.”

Two top Republican lawmakers on Monday said people on both sides of the debate were responsible for the portrayal of the law.

Pence says he stands by the law but that his staff and lawmakers worked into Monday night on language to clarify it and address the discrimination concerns.

He says the law was never intended to allow businesses to deny services to people based on who they care about.

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