Transcript for Indiana Governor May Backtrack on Religious Freedom Bill
Matt Gutman, thank you. Growing outrage about Indiana's new religious freedom bill. Opponent says this bill is simply a license to discriminate against gays. And there is a push to boycott the state of Indiana, which is the home of the final four next weekend. And gio Benitez has the very latest. Reporter: Good morning, Paula. The governor sparking a fire storm by signing the bill. Everyone from Hillary Clinton to Miley Cyrus is sounding off. Overnight, the governor saying it's been misconstrued. Telling a newspaper he's working to clarify the law. Until then, he's faces heat. This morning, thousands are taking on Indiana's governor at the state house. All: No hate in our state. Reporter: Holding signs saying no hate and god welcomes everyone. Governor Mike pence sign iing the law. It could allow businesses to turn away gay and lesbian customers. If I thought it was about discrimination, I would have vetoed it. All: This is what democracy looks like! Reporter: So big flames joining the protesters on social media. Hillary Clinton tweeting sad this new Indiana law can happen in America today. Larry king calling it absurd and ins insulting. Miley Cyrus posting a message. Tim cook tweeting, apple is open for everyone. Just this weekend, Seattle's mayor banning travel to the state of Indiana for city business. We need to stand with the folks of Indiana fighting for equality. Reporter: Former NBA star Charles Barkley calling for the ncaa to pull the final four tournament out of Indiana. The ncaa taking a stand, saying it's concerned about how the law could affect student athletes. Still, governor pence insists the this law protects religious freedom. Indiana will continue to be place where we respect the freedom of religion of every Hoosier of every faith. Reporter: And the Indiana pacers, the NBA, and the wnba saying overnight, anyone is aloud at games. The governor is saying he did not intend any discrimination with this law and says 19 other states have similar laws. Again, a fire storm. So much uproar. He's hoping to pass that new legislati legislation. Thank you, gio. Dan? Later this morning, right here on ABC's "This week." Governor Mike pence will speak to our chief anchor, George stephanopoulos. George is here now. The governor argued this law has been mischaracterized. He says it will not lead to state-sanctioned discrimination. 19 other states have similar laws. And Barack Obama voted for a similar law in the state of Illinois. Does the governor have a point? He does. Here's the problem for the state of ind. They do not include gays and lesbians as a protected class. It's the combination that could open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians in Indiana. This backlash has been furious across the state. Hundreds protesting yesterday. Real concern on the governor's part about the economic impact on the state of Indiana. That's why he's coming out this morning. We're going to press him on the details. He says he wants to clarify the law this week. George, very much looking forward to your interview. A reminder, George will be conducting an exclusive interview with the governor, Mike pence, later this morning on "This week." George wants to know what questions you might have. You can tweet hi him @gstephanopoulos. Good morning, Ron.
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