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Daugaard calls Jensen's comments 'out of line with SD values'

Gov. Dennis Daugaard released a statement recently on South Dakota Sen. Phil Jensen's controversial comments to the Rapid City Journal.

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"I found his comments to be completely out of line with South Dakota values," he said. "I don't agree with him and I haven't talked to anyone who does."

Daugaard's statement followed the story that published in the Rapid City Journal Sunday and reprinted, with permission, in The Daily Republic Thursday.

Jensen, 61, who runs a cookware sales business, explained why he supported the bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to customers based on sexual orientation and not fear a lawsuit.

While the bill was killed, Jensen defended it as legislation that would ensure businesses have the freedom to choose their clientele. He also said that businesses should also have the right to choose based on race and religion -- whether that's right or wrong, he said, can be fairly addressed by the free market, not the government.

"If someone was a member of the Ku Klux Klan and they were running a little bakery for instance, the majority of us would find it detestable that they refuse to serve blacks and guess what? In a matter of weeks or so that business would shut down because no one is going to patronize them," he told the Rapid City Journal.