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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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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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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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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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Indiana religious freedom debate exposes Republican divisions

Wednesday, April 1, 2015
“I think Gov. Pence has done the right thing,” former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said in a March 30, radio interview. He said the law was "simply allowing people of faith space to be able to express their beliefs.”
The backlash over a religious freedom law in Indiana has the GOP's leading White House contenders in a messy clash that highlights the party's opposition to same-sex marriage and threatens to inject social issues into the early stages of the 2016 presidential primary season. [...]

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Four kinds of discrimination Indiana governor Mike Pence doesn’t ‘abhor’

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
“No one should be harassed or mistreated because of who they are, who they love, or what they believe," says Mike Pence. But his track record on several issues, including LGBT rights, suggests otherwise.
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Indiana governor says he wants changes to ‘grossly mischaracterized’ religious freedom law

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (r-Ind.) speaking at a news conference on Tuesday morning, March 31, 2015.
Pence said at a news conference Tuesday morning he has been meeting with lawmakers "around the clock" to address concerns that the law will allow businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians. [...]

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Pence fights back: Religious freedom law ‘grossly misconstrued … I abhor discrimination’

Monday, March 30, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
In an essay published Monday evening in The Wall Street Journal, Indiana governor Mike Pence said the state's religious freedom law "is not a ‘license to discriminate’” and simply reflects federal law. [...]

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Lambda Legal fact checks Indiana governor’s statements on ‘This Week’ interview

Monday, March 30, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
“Governor Pence continues to deceive the public about this deeply flawed law," says Lambda Legal, who fact checked his remarks from an interview on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos" on Sunday. [...]

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Pence refuses to answer ‘yes or no’ on Indiana anti-LGBT discrimination – eight times

Sunday, March 29, 2015
Gov. Mike Pence (R-Ind.)
The HRC highlights the eight times that Indiana governor Mike Pence ducked, dodged, and declined to answer simple, straightforward questions Sunday about the state's religious freedom law and whether discrimination against LGBT Hoosiers should be illegal. [...]

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