|Indiana Governor Mike Pence|
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Governor Mike Pence is defending his staff's decision to remove several pro-gay marriage comments from his Facebook wall.
People took to Pence's Facebook page on Wednesday to criticize his reaction to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage. Pence has long said he believes marriage is between one man and one woman, a stance he reiterated in supporting the possibility of Hoosiers voting on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in 2014.
In addition to comments being deleted, some Facebook users reported being blocked from posting on Pence’s page altogether.
The governor told the Indianapolis Star Thursday that the comments deleted were uncivil. A governor spokeswoman pointed out that many posts critical of the governor remain visible.
“I’m somebody who really believes that civility and mutual respect are important,” Pence told the Star.
The governor’s office deleting some Facebook posts from Pence’s page have caused critics to question whether the action is unconstitutional. Ken Falk with the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana called the deletions “discrimination.”