Protesters show up to see Governor Pence in South Bend

South Bend, Ind. Wednesday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence stopped in South Bend to kick off his walking campaign. It's a state-wide effort to get more Hoosiers outside and active

But an unexpected twist happened when peaceful protestors showed up to show support for gay marriage

After last week's same sex marriage decisions from the Supreme Court. Governor Pence announced he would support the effort in the statehouse for a State Constitution Amendment banning gay marriage.

If the plan passes, voters would then decide on the amendment in 2014. Protestors at Wednesday’s event say they want to encourage pence to see other views.

"Open up the conversation; reconsider your beliefs,” says Marie Mitchell a South Bend resident. “I think that this is sort of a civil rights struggle of our age. We're all equal. And I think the more you get to know what it is you're afraid of, the less scary it becomes, the more human it becomes"

“I got an invite on Facebook last night to come here because I heard that Governor Mike Pence was trying to pass an amendment to block gay marriage,” says South Bend resident Karrie Jean. “It's already illegal here anyways, so I don't want to take more steps backwards. I'd like to step forward. So, I’m just here so he can see that I’m in support, and we're in support, and hopefully he gets the message"

"I want every Hoosier to know whether we agree or disagree on issues, I want people to know that we're willing to listen and be respectful and even when we agree to disagree I want Hoosiers to know I respect their values and their views," says Governor Mike Pence.

Governor Pence spoke with the organizer of Wednesday's protest, calling it a healthy dialogue. The protestors also joined him on his walk with Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Dave Wood around Seitz Park.


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