Appearing Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation, Republican presidential candidate John Kasich was asked whether the would have signed a bill in North Carolina that targets the LGBT community.

“Probably not,” the Ohio governor answered.

Passage of the state's so-called religious freedom bill – and similar legislation in Mississippi – has led to calls to boycott the state.

“We are not having this issue in our state about this whole religious liberty,” Kasich continued. “I believe that religious institutions oughta be protected and be able to be in a position where they can live out their deeply-held religious purposes. But when you get beyond that it gets to be a … contentious issue.”

Approved during a one-day special session, North Carolina's House Bill 2 blocks cities from enacting ordinances that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and bars students attending public institutions from using the bathroom that does not conform to their gender at birth.

“I wouldn't have signed that law from everything I know; I haven't studied it,” Kasich added. “Why do we have to write a law every time we turn around in this country? Can we figure out just how to get along a little bit better and respect one another? I mean that's where I think we oughta be. Everybody chill out. Get over it if you have a disagreement with somebody.”

In 2011, Kasich faced criticism for allowing a job protections order that covered sexual orientation and gender identity signed by Democratic Governor Ted Strickland to expire. Kasich's order bans workplace discrimination in state employment based on several factors, including sexual orientation, but not gender identity.