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Indiana lawmakers OK changes to religious freedom law; now bars anti-LGBT discrimination

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Hundreds of people gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people.
The amendment to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act approved Thursday bars discrimination based on factors that include race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or U.S. military service. [...]

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Angie’s List rejects changes to Indiana religious freedom law as ‘insufficient’

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Angies-List
Angie's List, which last week halted a $40 million expansion in Indianapolis, has become the first major local company to reject the deal hammered out by Indiana legislators to "fix" the state's widely criticized religious freedom law. [...]

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Indiana commerce groups praise proposed tweaks to religious freedom law

Thursday, April 2, 2015
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Two of Indiana's largest business groups are praising proposed changes to the state's new religious freedom law. [...]

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Indiana unveils changes to religious freedom bill; LGBT rights groups say it’s not enough

Thursday, April 2, 2015
Some of the hundreds of people who gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015 to oppose the religious freedom legislation.
Indiana lawmakers on Thursday announced changes they plan to make to the state's new religious freedom law aimed at quelling widespread criticism from businesses and others who have called the proposal anti-gay, but LGBT rights groups said the fix doesn't go far enough. [...]

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Indiana lawmakers suggest deal close on clarifying religious freedom law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Indiana State House in Indianapolis.
Indiana's Republican legislative leaders moved toward a possible agreement Wednesday on how to clarify the state's new religious-objections law in hopes of quashing concerns that it could allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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Chris Christie defends Indiana governor on religious freedom law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Gov. Chris Christie (R-N.J.)
Christie, in his first remarks on the subject in an interview with The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, focused on defending Pence: "I know Mike Pence, and he's got nothing but love in his heart for people." [...]

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GOP’s Ted Cruz calls religious liberty a defining issue

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a town hall event at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, Wednesday, April 1, 2015.
The Republican presidential candidate told an audience in Sioux City, Iowa, on Wednesday that a new Indiana law is awakening like-minded voters of various political stripes. [...]

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Why businesses are speaking out against ‘religious freedom’ laws

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Walmart President and CEO Doug McMillon is among the business leaders who urged Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinsen to veto a bill in Arkansas that critics said would open the door to discrimination against gays and lesbians.
A bevy of big-name businesses including Apple, Walmart, Gap and Levi Strauss are publicly speaking out against religious-objections legislation in states such as Indiana and Arkansas. But why? [...]

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Indiana family wants you to know their Christian pizzeria won’t cater a same-sex wedding

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Crystal O'Connor of Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind.
An Indiana woman whose family owns a small-town pizzeria says the state's new "religious freedom" law supports the restaurant's right to deny service to any same-sex couples who might ask them to cater their wedding. [...]

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Backlash intensifies as businesses, performers, states boycott Indiana over religious freedom law

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
Businesses and organizations continued their boycotts by canceling events and barring travel to Indiana over a religious objections law that critics say would allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. [...]

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