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Ohio Gov. Kasich wants LGBT people to "calm down" and "pray"

Governor of Ohio wants gays to 'calm down' about discrimination
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John Kasich (R), said in an interview on Sunday, April 17, that the LGBT community should “get over” discrimination.

The current third-place presidential candidate and sitting governor of Ohio was asked by CNN’s Dana Bash of State of the Union if he would put a stop to the South’s current rash of anti-LGBT legislation.

“No, I wouldn’t,” he said. Further saying he hadn’t even, “thought about it.”

This is in contrast to his sentiments last week when he criticized “religious liberty” laws in North Carolina and Mississippi.

Bash needled further into the subject and Kasich seemed to waffle to both sides of the issue.

“There is a legitimate concern for people being able to have their deeply held religious beliefs, religious liberty,” he said, “But there’s also people who we shouldn’t be discriminating against. We need to have a balance.”

“I just wish that everybody would just take a breath and calm down,” he added, “because, you see, trying to figure out how to legislate that balance is complicated, and you keep doing do-overs, because nobody gets it right.”

Kasich then suggested that people who feel discriminated against should pray for their oppressors.

“If you don’t like what somebody’s doing, pray for them,” the governor said. “And if you feel as though somebody is doing something wrong against you, can you just, for a second, get over it, you know, because this thing will settle down.”

Kasich ended the conversation by remembering something his daughter said.

“We need a united America, not a divided America. As one of my daughters said, ’We’re the United States, not the divided states.'"