LGBT Protections Included In Fix For Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
WASHINGTON -- Indiana lawmakers are set to introduce new language for the state's "religious freedom" law Thursday, to clarify that the law does not allow businesses to deny goods or services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, signed last week by Gov. Mike Pence (R), would allow any individual or corporation to cite religious beliefs as a defense when sued by a private party. But for many people, what was most concerning was that the measure could open the door to widespread discrimination against the LGBT community.
Since Pence signed the legislation, there has been a national backlash against Indiana. Businesses have condemned the law, groups have pulled their conferences out of the state and local tourism bureaus have been scrambling to reassure visitors that they're open to everyone.
Pence has maintained that the legislation does not permit discrimination against anyone, but nonetheless asked the legislature earl
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