Remarks of Governor Mike Pence and Indiana Religious Freedom Rally Indiana Statehouse, February 9, 2015
“Thank you all for being here. Thank you all for taking a stand for religious freedom in the state of Indiana.
“People who know me well know that I like to say I’m a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order. I stand before you today not as a believer in my faith, but as a believer in freedom. I stand before you today on behalf of freedom of conscience, which is a bedrock of both our nation and our state. Enshrined in the Bill of Rights and in both of the Constitutions that I swore to uphold on the day that I became Governor, is the freedom of religion. That’s what brings you here.
“It is in keeping with the great tradition of freedom in our state that you come here today as families and as fellow Hoosiers.
“The Constitution of the United States of America says, “Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” And no less eloquently is the Constitution of the State of Indiana, 1851. In Article 1, it says that “no law shall, in any case whatever, control the free exercise or enjoyment of religious opinion, or interfere with the rights of conscious.”
“So on behalf of every Hoosier, of every faith, I thank you for coming and standing in this historic place for our cherished freedom of religion.