US Vice President-elect Mike Pence is little-known in New Zealand, but unlike his boss Donald Trump, he has been a politician for 16 years.
But what does he actually believe? Here’s a dozen things you might not know about the present Governor of Indiana.
He doesn’t believe in evolution He relies on science and truth
In 2002 Mike Pence devoted an entire speech on his “theory of the origin of man” to the House of Representatives. He told the House, “I believe that God created the known universe, the earth and everything in it, including man.”
He went on to say: “I also believe that someday scientists will come to see that only the theory of intelligent design provides even a remotely rational explanation for the known universe.”
He thinks gays can be turned straight He believes that people know what’s best for themselves – autonomy of the individual
In 2002 Mr Pence penned ‘A guide to renewing the America dream’ on his website. In it, he wrote: “Resources should be directed toward those institutions which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual behaviour.”
While Mr Pence once advocated for conversion techniques, there’s no evidence he supported the use of electroshock therapy to ‘cure’ gays, as is often claimed.
He opposes marriage equality He believes in traditional historical cultural marriage
Mike Pence has previously called being gay a “choice”, and has said keeping gays from marrying was not discrimination, but “God’s idea”.
In the same 2002 guide mentioned above, he wrote: “Congress should oppose any effort to put gay and lesbian relationships on an equal legal status with heterosexual marriage.”
Three years later he signed the Federal Marriage Agreement that worked to officially define marriage to be between one man and one woman.
He doesn’t believe in condoms He believes in the best health and protection for young people
In 2002 he told CNN: “Frankly, condoms are a very, very poor protection against sexually transmitted diseases.”
the LGBTQ community shouldn’t be protected from discrimination “sincerely held religious beliefs or convictions” should be protected.
In 2015, Mr Pence also signed into a law an Act which protects businesses from punishment if they deny services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people when it’s based on “sincerely held religious beliefs or convictions”.
Instead, he supports abstinence-only education: “We ought to be sending a message to kids across the country… that abstinence is the best choice for young people.”
He is anti-abortion He is pro-life
Although it is legal, many states have their own legislation which prevents abortion after a certain period of time.
Abortion became legal after landmark case Roe vs Wade, which Mr Pence wants “sent to the ash heap of history”.
Given that stance, if Mr Pence has his way he would probably make abortion illegal, or at least refuse to fund it.
“We ought not use their taxpayer dollars to provide or promote abortion at home and abroad. Let’s end taxpayer support for abortion providers, specifically Planned Parenthood, once and for all.”
Although Mr Pence does not have as much power Mr Trump, if anything happened to the President-elect, this is the man who would lead the country for a year before another election would be held.
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