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Alternative civil rights bill doesn’t include transgender protections

By Nicole Hernandez TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An alternative civil rights bill defines sexual orientation as “actual or perceived bisexuality, heterosexuality, or homosexuality” but does not extend rights to transgender individuals. Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, said Senate Bill 344 has not been created to replace a separate civil rights bill, Senate Bill 100. He said the […]

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Pence reveals legislative agenda with no mention of LGBT rights

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence plans to pursue jobs, roads, education and health care in 2016, but his legislative agenda does not include his stance on LGBT civil rights. “Our agenda prioritizes funding for state and local roads, ensures that schools and teacher salaries are not negatively impacted by the transition […]

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Pence: Hoosiers will know stance on LGBT civil rights early in session

By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Gov. Mike Pence says Hoosiers likely will know his stance on LGBT civil rights “early in the session” of the Indiana General Assembly that begins next month. This comes after a recent poll by The Indianapolis Star showed 70 percent of Hoosiers supported protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered […]

Commentary: It ain’t just four words and a comma

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Commentary: It ain’t just four words and a comma

By Abdul Hakim-Shabazz IndyPolitics.org You will not find a bigger supporter than me of adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the state’s civil rights code. It’s the right thing to do and, after the Religious Freedom Restoration Act debacle, it’s the politically smart thing to do. However, it’s also a complicated thing to do. […]

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More than 150 businesses associated with coalition pushing for LGBT civil rights protections

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana Tourism Association, Hirons, Eli Lilly and more than 150 other businesses in Indiana launched a coalition known as Indiana Competes – a group aiming to add civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers to state law. “Make no mistake, what happened last March really damaged […]

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Small group of LGBT activists speak out as RFRA goes into effect

By Braden Pelley TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A handful of people showed up in the Statehouse rotunda on Wednesday to continue protesting the Religious Freedom Restoration Act – a law that went into effect the same day. Their message? That the fight for equality for lesbian gay bisexual and transgender groups will still carry on. Members […]

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Same-sex marriage supporters gather in the Statehouse rotunda to celebrate SCOTUS ruling

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– The booming sound of more than 300 people chanting “love wins” echoed through the rotunda and halls of the Statehouse just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to the same-sex marriage debate in all 50 states. “We are expecting around 100 people “Ann Buckwaltor, Freedom Indiana field […]

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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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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 […]