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David Letterman Says Indiana Not the Place I Remember as Kid (watch!)

David Letterman, Indiana's native son, laid into Gov. Mike Pence last night for signing into law a measure that would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians based on 'religious preferences.'

David Letterman, Indiana’s native son, laid into Gov. Mike Pence last night for signing into law a measure that would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians based on ‘religious preferences.’

David Letterman knows Indiana, or at least he thought he did. In a decided swipe last night at Gov. Mike Pence, the late night comedian said his home state is not the same place where he grew up and spent 27 years before making it big.

During his run on the “Late Show,” Letterman has often spoken fondly of the state, but no more.

“This is not the Indiana I remember as a kid. I lived there for 27 years and folks were folks and that’s all there was to it,” he said before introducing his latest Top Ten… “Guys Who Look Like Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.”

“All of the sudden, you hear nothing about the guy – boom! He’s in the headlines every day,” the comedian said.

“Here’s what the deal is. Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed into law the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act which many believe will allow discrimination based on sexual orientation.”

Back in the day, “Everybody was better off, working hard, getting it done. And now this guy throws a wrench into the monkey works. I’m sorry, this guy throws a monkey wrench into the works!” Letterman said.

The new law has been widely interpreted to mean that people who own public establishments, such as restaurants and retail outlets, can ban gay and lesbians from entering based on religious preferences.

“Seriously, I don’t know what he’s talking about and I’m not as dumb as I look,” Letterman said. “It may be legal but it ain’t right.”

His Top Ten list compared Pence to the “the guy who makes his dog sleep outside;” “the guy at the bar who sends your girlfriend a drink” and “the guy who won three national championships with the Indiana Hoosiers,” a reference to former coach Bobby Knight.

“I’d rather have Bobby Knight as the governor of Indiana,” Letterman added. “Remember when Bobby Knight would throw stuff on the court? That’s exactly what you want. And now we have this.”

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