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Human sexuality bill raises concerns about parental rights, impact on LGBTQ students

By Quinn Fitzgerald TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS ­– A Fort Wayne high school student told a House committee that she was surprised to find a speech class she was taking included lessons on gender neutral pronouns. “My parents were not informed of this material before I took the class and were shocked to see it in my […]

Commentary: A flush for freedom and a flush for faith

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Commentary: A flush for freedom and a flush for faith

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com  COLUMBUS, Ohio – The earth seemed to spin off its axis. There it was, just in front of me: a restroom for both men and women. Right here in a deli not far from the Ohio Statehouse. Clearly, the warnings from Advance America’s Eric Miller and other social conservative activists about […]

Commentary: Eric Miller and history as prophecy

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Commentary: Eric Miller and history as prophecy

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Once upon a time, Eric Miller cast a huge shadow over Indiana state government. Miller – the head of Advance America, the largest and most active advocacy organization for social conservatives in the state – had some legislators so terrified they wouldn’t even mention his name. They feared he […]

Commentary: What we could learn from the Irish

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Commentary: What we could learn from the Irish

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – So, same-sex marriage now is legal in lovely green Ireland. A few days ago, voters on the Emerald Isle cast their ballots overwhelmingly in favor of allowing people of the same gender to commit themselves to each other in marriage. A little more than 61 percent of Irish citizens […]

Commentary: Tests of faith and other fights that won’t end

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Commentary: Tests of faith and other fights that won’t end

By John Krull TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the Indiana General Assembly performed an emergency “fix” on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week, conventional wisdom said it was a setback for social conservatives. The intense, overwhelming criticism and the business pullbacks in Indiana totaling hundreds of millions of dollars are supposed to have chastened leaders […]