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Indiana lawmaker looks to spark new debate on extending LGBT rights, protections

Monday, April 13, 2015
Indiana State Representative Ed DeLaney address a crowd during the rally protesting the state's religious freedom bill, Saturday, March 28, 2015.
Democratic lawmaker Ed DeLaney wants to force an Indiana House debate over whether to extend protections for LGBT individuals under the state's nondiscrimination laws less than two weeks after the backlash over the religious objections law. ...

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The overlooked Indiana outcomes that could haunt the Christian Right

Sunday, April 12, 2015
Thousands of opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, gathered on the lawn of the Indiana State House to rally against that legislation Saturday, March 28, 2015. Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill Thursday prohibiting state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.
There is something about recent events in Indiana that may not be immediately obvious. The national outcry in the wake of the signing of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) by Governor Mike Pence (R) was not only an ...

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Wedding expos will be Indiana’s first for same-sex couples

Saturday, April 11, 2015
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Indiana's first same-sex wedding expo will be held Sunday at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville. The second will be held next month in downtown Indianapolis. ...

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Indiana pizzeria that said it would refuse to cater same-sex weddings reopens

Friday, April 10, 2015
Many customers wait for service as Memories Pizza reopened for business Thursday, April, 9, 2015, in Walkerton, Ind. The restaurant was closed, and its operators said they'd gone into hiding after their comment that they would not serve pizza to a gay wedding prompted an avalanche of criticism on social media.
A northern Indiana pizzeria that closed after its owner said his religious beliefs wouldn't allow him to cater a gay wedding opened Thursday to a full house of friends, regulars and people wanting to show their support. ...

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Four West Coast mayors lift bans on city-funded travel to Indiana

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Indianapolis, Ind.
The mayors of four West Coast cities say they're lifting bans imposed on city-funded travel to Indiana after changes were made to that state's religious objections law to make clear it can't be used to discriminate. ...

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Indiana faces long road to restore battered image after religious freedom law

Monday, April 6, 2015
Businesses across Indiana are participating in campaigns to let LGBT customers know they're welcome, but it might not be enough to completely heal the black eye the state received over its nationally-criticized religious objections law.
Indiana tourism agencies are rolling out campaigns emphasizing that everyone is welcome, but it might not be enough to quickly restore the state's battered image after a backlash over its religious objections law. ...

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LGBT rights rally goes to Indianapolis NCAA Final Four site

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march outside Lucas Oil Stadium, site of the NCAA Final Four, in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Hundreds of people calling for Indiana to add protections for gays and transgender individuals to the state's civil-rights laws marched through downtown Indianapolis Saturday, attracting the attention basketball fans attending the NCAA Final Four, some of whom offered the protesters ...

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New York, Connecticut governors lift bans on state-funded travel to Indiana

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.)
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Saturday lifted their bans on some state-funded travel to Indiana, citing changes made to a religious-objections law that had spurred concern about anti-gay discrimination. ...

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Jason Collins proud of NCAA for speaking out against Indiana law

Sunday, April 5, 2015
Derrick Gordon, left, the first openly gay Division I men's basketball player, and Jason Collins, the first openly gay NBA player pose for a photo, Saturday, April 4, 2015, in Indianapolis, the site for the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament.
Jason Collins says he is proud of the NCAA's "bold" leadership against Indiana's religious objections law, and the association should avoid putting future Final Fours in states that do not protect the rights of LGBT individuals. ...

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Advocacy groups aim to further expand LGBT rights at state level

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Opponents of Indiana Senate Bill 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, march towards Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 4, 2015 to push for a state law that specifically bars discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Gay rights advocates are hoping to parlay the momentum from their legislative victories in Indiana and Arkansas this week into further expanding legal protections for gays and lesbians in those states and others. ...

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