Republican Indiana Governor Mike Pence on Tuesday said that he would work with lawmakers to “fix” a bill supporters say protects religious freedom but critics argue targets the LGBT community.

Pressure against the bill has been mounting since Pence signed it on Thursday.

Opponents argue that the bill is a response to a federal ruling striking down Indiana's ban on gay marriage. They point to the bill's broad language, the state's lack of LGBT protections and even the anti-gay rhetoric used by some of its backers to argue that the bill's intent is to legalize discrimination against members of the LGBT community.

On Tuesday, Pence repeated the claim that Indiana's law mirrors a federal law signed by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Unlike the federal law, however, Indiana's bill defines a “person” to include a business or association.

“But clearly, clearly, there's been misunderstanding and confusion and mischaracterization of this law, and I come before you today to say how we're going to address that,” Pence said, two days after he insisted on ABC's This Week that the law would not be changed.

“I abhor discrimination. … But as I said, we've – we've got a perception problem here, because some people have a different view. And we intend to correct that.”

“I think it would be helpful, and I'd like to see on my desk before the end of the week, legislation that is added to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses the right to deny services to anyone.”

“Let me say I believe this is a clarification, but it’s also a fix. It’s a fix of a bill that through mischaracterization and confusion has come to be greatly misunderstood, and I’m determined to address this this week and to move forward as a state,” he added.

When asked by a reporter whether the new legislation would add sexual orientation and gender identity to the state's civil rights laws, Pence suggested that he would veto such legislation.

“I've never supported that,” he said. “And I want to be clear. It's not on my agenda, but I think it's a completely separate question.”