Evangelical leader Rev. Franklin Graham said that homosexuals, "liberal politicians" and the "liberal media" are attacking Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for seeking to protect religious freedom in the Hoosier state because they oppose such liberty and "don't want Christians' freedoms to be protected."
"The Governor of Indiana, Mike Pence, is taking a lot of heat for doing the right thing," said Rev. Graham in a Mar. 31 post on Facebook. "He signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects the freedoms of Hoosiers of every faith."
"He is being attacked by the LGBT community, liberal politicians, and liberal media who don't want Christians' freedoms to be protected," said Rev. Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association.
"Thank God for politicians like Governor Pence who are not afraid to take a stand regardless of the political consequences," the reverend continued. "We need more men like him in public office across the country and in Washington who are willing to stand for right over wrong."
Gov. Pence, a Republican, signed his state's version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law last week, legislation that mirrors a federal law established in 1993 by Congress and signed into law by then-President Bill Clinton.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, is designed to protect the free exercise of religion, and 19 states have RFRA laws, including Illinois, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Florida. An additional 12 states have RFRA-like protections, as reported in the Washington Post.
However, many gay activist groups, liberal politicians, and major voices in the liberal media have strongly objected to Indiana's law. Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton tweeted, "Sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. We shouldn't discriminate against ppl bc of who they love."
Also, ABC's George Stephanopoulos harshly questioned Gov. Pence in a Mar. 29 interview, revealing an aggression (and disapproval) he rarely ever displays in interviews with liberal lawmakers.
On Tuesday, Mar. 31, Gov. Pence announced that he would like the Indiana General Assembly to pass legislation to amend the RFRA making it explicitly clear what the law protects and prohibits.
"After much reflection and in consultation with the leadership of the General Assembly, I've come to the conclusion that it would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses a right to deny services to anyone," said Pence at a Tuesday press conference.
"Let me say that again: I think it would be helpful -- I'd like to see on my desk before the end of this week, legislation that is added to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses a right to deny services to anyone."
Franklin Graham, 62, is the son of world-renowned evangelist Pastor Billy Graham. In addition to his work at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Franklin Graham is president of the international Christian relief group Samaritan's Purse.