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Several pro-life women vote against abortion legislation

By Rachel Hoffmeyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly a dozen House Republicans joined Democrats in a vote against a ban on abortions based on disability or gender, but it wasn’t enough to stop the stipulations from advancing. After about an hour of discussion, primarily by the female legislators, the House voted 60-40 to concur Wednesday on […]

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Analysis: Postponing anti-discrimination debate is risky

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The relief seemed almost palpable Thursday as the attacks on Indiana eased – but the break may be only temporary. Republicans and some business leaders had struck a deal on a so-called fix for the divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The goal was simple: Stop the bleeding. And maybe […]

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Religious freedom ‘fix’ gets mixed reaction

Here are a sampling of reactions to Thursday’s action by Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to approve what supporters say is a “fix” to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Indiana Chamber of Commerce “The legislative amendment spells out that Indiana will not permit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. That’s […]

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Pence signs RFRA ‘fix’ that says law doesn’t authorize retailers to refuse service to LGBT

Business leaders say change is good first step By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Gov. Mike Pence has signed a bill supporters say will “fix” Indiana’s divisive Religious Freedom Restoration Act – but it stops far short of banning discrimination based on sexual orientation. Pence signed the new language behind closed doors after he said […]

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Requests for repeal of RFRA flow in to lawmakers

By Aubrey Helms TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Leaders and organizations continue to call on state lawmakers to take action on the intensely controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard held a news conference Monday afternoon where he called on lawmakers to repeal or add specific language to Senate Bill 101 to protect LGBT Hoosiers. […]

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Commentary: Mike Pence, in free fall

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Just a few weeks ago, running for president seemed like a serious possibility for Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. He had a foot in both the GOP’s business and social conservative camps, a solid but unremarkable record as a governor and – most important – a national profile that emphasized […]

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Pence signs controversial religious freedom bill in private event

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed a controversial bill into law Thursday that supporters say protects residents’ rights to adhere to their religious principles but critics claim legalizes discrimination, particularly against gay Hoosiers. Pence’s decision to say yes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act comes despite threats from some business leaders […]

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Religious freedom bill headed to governor’s desk

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that sparked heated discussion throughout the 2015 session is on its way to Gov. Mike Pence, who plans to sign into law. The Senate gave the Religious Freedom Restoration Act final approval on Tuesday, just a day after the measure passed the House, which had made small […]

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Religious rights bill now eligible for final House vote

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that – depending on who describes it – either promotes discrimination or protects business owners’ religious beliefs moved forward Thursday in the Indiana House with no changes. Senate Bill 101 is now eligible for a full vote by the House. Supporters say it’s meant to give the […]

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Video & story: Divisive religious freedom bill moves to full House

Religious Freedom Bill Heads to Full House from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A controversial bill meant to protect private storeowners from being forced to take part in business transactions that violate their religious beliefs passed a House committee along party lines on Monday. The vote came after more than 100 […]

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