By BRIAN A. HOWEY
INDIANAPOLIS - Facing on onslaught of criticism from the business community and an unprecedented national disparagement of the state, Gov. Mike Pence attempted to make a case for the legitimacy of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act Sunday on national TV, but when pressed could not declare that gays and lesbians wouldn’t be the target of sanctioned discrimination. It comes after an unprecedented array corporate executives, mayors, the NCAA and celebrities castigated the new law that Pence signed on Thursday in a private ceremony. The controversy comes on the eve of the national media descending into Indianapolis for the NCAA Men’s Final Four, with media personalities ranging from local hero Reggie Miller, to ESPN commentator Dick Vitale, to Charles Barkley of CBS denouncing the new law. And it ignited a potential fissure in the Indiana Republican Party, with Howard County Chairman Craig Dunn questioning Pence’s own viability for reelection in 2016 is now in question.