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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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$840K raised for Indiana pizzeria that objected to catering same-sex weddings

Saturday, April 4, 2015
Memories Pizza, Walkerton, Ind.
A crowdfunding campaign for an Indiana pizzeria that came under fire after its owners said their religious beliefs wouldn't allow them to cater a gay wedding has raised more than $840,000. ...

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Washington governor Jay Inslee rescinds Indiana travel ban

Friday, April 3, 2015
Gov. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.)
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee is rescinding a ban on state-funded travel to Indiana after a law that critics said had the potential to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs was amended. ...

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Rock band Wilco reverses decision to cancel Indiana concert

Friday, April 3, 2015
Wilco
Chicago-based rock band Wilco says it's going ahead with a May concert in Indianapolis now that Indiana lawmakers have tweaked a state law to address concerns that it would allow discrimination against LGBT individuals. ...

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Indiana, Arkansas look to move forward following religious objections uproar

Friday, April 3, 2015
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signs a reworked religious freedom bill into law after it passed in the House at the Arkansas state Capitol in Little Rock, Ark., Thursday, April 2, 2015.
Two states roiled by criticism over new religious objections laws are looking to move forward after taking different approaches to changing the legislation to ease concerns about discrimination. ...

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Donations pour in as Indiana pizza shop owners go into hiding over anti-gay remarks

Friday, April 3, 2015
Memories Pizza, Walkerton, Ind.
An Indiana pizza shop that came under fire after its owners said they would refuse to cater a same-sex wedding, have been rewarded with more than $500,000 in donations while the restaurant’s owners say they’ve gone into hiding. ...

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Indiana governor approves changes to religious freedom law

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has approved changes to new law that sparked boycotts of the state amid fears that it would allow discrimination against lesbians and gays. ...

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