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Hate crimes legislation moves to Senate for consideration

By Ashley Steeb TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Judges would have the right to consider bias motivation when deciding a perpetrator’s punishment if a hate crimes bill becomes law. “This is an attempt, if you will, to allow judges, that we elect that the people elect, prosecutors, which the people elect, to apply factors in closing sentence […]

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 […]