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LGBT civil rights, transgender bathroom debate goes nowhere in committee

Derreck Stahly TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Lawmakers may leave the debate surrounding LGBT civil rights in the hands of the court. The Courts and the Judiciary Interim Study Committee met to hear testimony and study the issue, but ended up not making any recommendations for legislators Tuesday. “I think each and every one of these issues […]

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LGBT rights bill faces a new barrier

By Jay Siskin, Amanda Creech and Shayla Jones TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The first LGBT civil rights bill to make progress in the legislature this year is facing a new hurdle. “I have yet to talk to someone who thinks the bill is a good idea,” House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said. “It is hard to […]

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LGBT civil rights move forward without the T

By Shelby Mullis TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana remains divided, once again, over how to handle LGBT civil rights. Senate Bill 344 passed the Senate Rules and Legislative Committee 7-5 Wednesday. The bill would offer protections to gay, lesbian and bisexual individuals, but does not extend rights to transgendered people. Instead, the bill calls for a […]

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Groups gather at Statehouse to rally LGBT discussion

By Jasmine Otam TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Green and red shirts filled the Statehouse Wednesday – each with a different mission. “I am here because I believe in religious liberty,” said Anna Manring of Edinburgh while wearing a green shirt to signify her support for religious freedom. “I don’t think that this is right that you […]

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Democrats want more info, documents in canceled state PR deal

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Democratic Party sent a formal request asking Gov. Mike Pence to release all documents relating to a $2 million dollar taxpayer funded contract he canceled last week. “Mike Pence wasn’t being transparent with Hoosiers when he terminated the taxpayer-funded contract with Porter Novelli the day before a […]

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Poll shows Pence vulnerable on education, gay rights issues

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana voters favor ousting Gov. Mike Pence from office in the 2016 election, primarily over his handling of education and gay rights issues, according to a new poll first obtained by TheStatehouseFile.com. Poll: Voters ready for new governor | Create infographics A majority of voters also say they want to add […]

Analysis: RFRA fallout far from over

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Analysis: RFRA fallout far from over

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehosueFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – When the General Assembly’s session ended last month, Gov. Mike Pence and legislative leaders insisted that the controversy over the religious freedom restoration act was over. But the state’s jobs agency must not think so. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation is paying $750,000 to a New York public relations […]

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Video & story: Pastors protest RFRA ‘fix,’ say they’ll vote out leaders who don’t support stronger law

Pastors Rally Against RFRA “Fix” from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Nearly a month after Gov. Mike Pence signed a “fix” into law to modify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, some faith leaders are crying foul. Members of the Indiana Pastor’s Alliance said Pence and other Republican leaders betrayed the religious […]

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Poll: Pence approval, favorability numbers fall dramatically

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. ‪Mike Pence is underwater and vulnerable to a challenge in 2016. The battle over a religious freedom measure perceived as discriminatory against gays and lesbians has left more Hoosiers disapproving of the job the Indiana governor is doing than approving of it, according to a new poll. And […]

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Pence says RFRA debacle is in the past

House could take up anti-discrimination language By Andi TenBarge TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence said Tuesday he’s confident the state is past the worst of the uproar over the passage of a religious freedom bill that critics say authorized discrimination against people who are gay or lesbians. Indiana became the focus of national attention when […]

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