As early as Thursday, it was as good as confirmed – Donald Trump will be going with Indiana Governor Mike Pence as his vice presidential candidate in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. And while Pence’s public comments may definitely be more low-profile as compared to Trump’s bombastic, often controversial statements, he is also as die-hard conservative as they get. His ideologies have leaned against LGBT rights and abortion,and he had even passed a state lawthat allowed discrimination on religious grounds.

Mike Pence: Conservative with a capital “C”

A blog post from Mother Jones offered a detailed profile of Pence as Trump’s potential running mate in the 2016 elections – at the time it was posted, it hadn’t been made official that he would be the presumptive Republican candidate’s vice presidential pick. This profile highlighted Pence as a “lifelong conservative who could assuage evangelical voters” skeptical of Trump’s lack of social conservatism.

Unlike other hardcore conservatives like Rush Limbaugh, who are loud and brash with their opinions, Pence has preferred to quietly go about his business, even calling himself “Rush Limbaugh on decaf” when he hosted a 1990s talk radio show called The Mike Pence Show.

Prior to serving as governor of Indiana, he had been in Congress for 12 years, where he had voted against anti-LGBT discrimination measures, and championed legislation against same-sex marriage.

Pence vs. the LGBT community/movement.

It was in 2003 when Pence, then an Indiana congressman, was co-sponsor of an amendment forbidding same-sex marriage. In 2007, he had voted against the Employee Non-Discrimination Act, which was drafted to prohibit employers from denying people of jobs due to their sexual orientation.

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He was also against the lifting of the U.S. military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, and had gone against a bill that would have ideally been effective in prosecuting sexual orientation-motivated hate crimes.

A bill to allow religious discrimination.

Pence’s anti-LGBT stance didn’t soften when he became governor of Indiana. In March 2015, he had signed a bill into law, allowing the state’s merchants to deny gay and lesbian customers service, should doing so go against their religious beliefs. In addition to permitting thesepractices, the bill also allowed people to discriminate against anyone – LGBT or not – on the grounds of their religion.

"An employer who refused to hire Jewish employees could cite his religious beliefs as a defense against discrimination lawsuits,” said Mother Jones’ Molly Redden, citing examples of how the bill can be used. “So could a landlord who refused to rent to Muslims, or a business that refused to serve atheists."

Not surprisingly, this move was condemned by many high-profile individuals, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, who wrote an op-ed for the Washington Postdecrying the anti-LGBT law.

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