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Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence joined The O'Reilly Factor​ for the first time, explaining the role of Christianity in his life and his views on gay marriage.

O'Reilly asked the Indiana governor about his religious beliefs, saying that he read a New York Times article that described the governor as a "religious fanatic" who was opposed to gay marriage and a woman's right to choose.

"I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican in that order," Pence said.

Asked if he was an Evangelical, Pence said "you bet."

"I made a personal decision. I committed my life to Christ when I was 18," he said, adding that he was raised in a "wonderful Catholic family" and that he worships with his wife at "a mainstream Evangelical church in Indianapolis quietly every Sunday, with lots of neighbors and friends."

"I'll always believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, but my conviction on the matter is that that's an issue that ought to be left up to the states. Once again, we saw the Supreme Court of the United States reach into what has been the purview of state law for generations and impose their view of that on all 50 states, just the way they did that with Roe v. Wade."

Pence said this does not conflict with his opposition to discrimination, saying that he "abhors discrimination against anyone" and that Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was one of the heroes of his youth.

As for abortion, he said he hopes "to see the day when we restore the sanctity of life back to the center of law" with the repeal of Roe v. Wade.

"I'm pro-life. I don't apologize for it," he said.

Watch the full interview above. 

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