"Reasonable people can differ, and there are good people on both sides of this debate. No one, on either side, deserves to be disparaged or maligned because of who they are or what they believe," Pence said.
I kinda goggled at the TV screen. Mike Pence is exactly what it says on the bottle: a social- (and fiscal-) conservative Republican. Like him or loathe him for it or just shrug, "Meh," it's never been a secret that he's a traditional-marriage guy.
"Let's protect the rights of Hoosier employers to hire who they want and provide them with benefits that they earn. And let's resolve this issue this year once and for all."
Ah, there's the Governor. Still, all manner of props to him for striking a conciliatory tone. He'd clearly like to be rid of this hot potato, especially if it can be done gracefully. To judge from comments at the linked article, the fed.gov may yet fix it for him, if he and the legislature can keep on shuckin' and jivin' long enough; then they can all point and say, "'Tweren't us!"
(Speaking of grace, State of the State started on the dot at 7:00 p.m. and the entire speech ran something like 28:30, leaving stations carrying it just enough time to tag it, run a station ID, a commercial, and start the next show. Don't think for a minute the timing wasn't carefully planned. The days of pols leaving any room for pontificating pundits are long past.)