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ITW: Guests discuss civil rights debate

Posted at 8:33 PM, Jan 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-17 12:54:24-05

On Indianapolis This Week, guests discussed the nuclear deal with Iran, the Affordable Care Act and civil rights changes. 

Days after Gov. Pence announced his position on the civil rights debate, two groups of Indiana religious leaders shared differing views on what should happen. 

In his State of the State address, Gov. Pence said, "I will not support any bill that diminishes the religious freedom of Hoosiers or that interferes with the Constitutional rights of our citizens to live out their beliefs in worship, service or work."

The Indiana Pastors Alliance has applauded his stance. 

"And most people know that it seems like he may have been a little patient or slow coming to that conclusion, but we heard last night, unambiguously, that the Governor is going to stand behind the constitution and uphold religious freedom, and if any legislation came to his desk that would challenge that that we can count on him to veto that legislation," David Baird said. 

But another group of pastors has a different view on the civil rights issue. 

“We believe that the most faithful witness we can make to our faith traditions is not so much by discriminating against people, but by really living as servants in the world, practicing the grace of hospitality," said Rev. Lewis Galloway, one of 169 religious leaders who have signed a letter to legislators urging them to pass LGBT protections.

Watch the full interview in the video player above. 

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Plus, Rafael Sanchez has an exclusive interview with Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell. The two discussed whether the Affordable Care Act is too big to fail and the federal review of Indiana’s HIP 2.0.

Burwell was in Indianapolis to promote the Affordable Care Act this week. She held a forum about health insurance with Congressman Andre Carson at the United Way headquarters. 

“When we talk about the substance of what this is, these are things and terms that the American people believe are part of the fabric of how we do healthcare in this nation, and so my confidence comes from the substance of the issue and the fact that I think we know these are things that most Americans believe are very important," she said. 

Watch the full interview in the video player above.

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In addition, an Indiana congressman who wants to turn up the heat on the Iran nuclear deal sat down with RTV6's Jason Fechner. 

“Ultimately, we need to send a message to the Iranians themselves that the American people, through their Congressional representatives, are willing to take whatever actions necessary to prevent the largest state sponsor of terror from getting a nuclear bomb," Rep. Todd Young said. 

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Plus, our political insiders Lara Beck and Abdul-Hakim Shabazz talked the civil rights debate and adding tolls to Indiana’s interstates.

Watch the full interview in the video player above.

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