Pence defends deleting of gay marriage comments

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is defending his staff's decision to delete pro-gay marriage comments from his Facebook page that he says included personal attacks.

Pence said Thursday that his social media policy allows for differing opinions without personal attacks. He says it mirrors the online commenting policy of many news organizations.

A handful of gay marriage supporters had their comments struck from the governor's Facebook page Wednesday and were blocked on Twitter. The comments were deleted shortly after the Republican governor said he would support adding Indiana's gay marriage ban into the state constitution.

However, screen shots provided by one of the commenters show one comment with no clear personal attacks was deleted as was another asking what economic impact Pence's stance has on the state.

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The Governor's Facebook page blocks all people that don't agree with his views and proves why he is wrong. As a resident of Indiana our posts should not be deleted. Isn't that the purpose of his page; to hear the pros and cons of all constituents? I posted information as to why the Medicaid exchange would not cost the state money...which he claimed. My information actually showed it would save our state money and they blocked me!!! He has his own agenda and it doesn't matter if the majority agrees or not; just like they are doing in congress!! Mourdock said it best "It's my way or the highway." That is the new Republican Party!!
I alerted The Indianapolis Star about this yesterday and interviewed with Jon Murray. My comments were deleted. I have screen shots of other comments that were there and then deleted. Please share both sides of this story. Yesterday, Governor Mike Pence released a statement about his anti-equality agenda. Many dissenters commented on his facebook post and watched as the comments quickly disappeared to skew the numbers in such a way that there were far more supporters of this bigoted and passively hateful statement. I believe this was done to appear to be in the majority, however, it reads as though Mr. Pence does not take his constituents into consideration when deciding on public policy. I called his office to ask for screen shots of my comments that were deleted and to be unblocked from the facebook page, however the woman who answered the phone stated that she does not work for that department and could only take a comment. She did not take my contact information and appeared to be quite flustered and aggaravated by my requests. Please report on this side of the story. I will be willing to provide any information that I have.

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