- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - Former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan says the debate over Indiana’s new “religious freedom” law is “opening up old wounds” and should be rewritten.

Supporters say the law protects religious liberties, but critics fear it will allow discrimination against gays and lesbians. Republican Gov. Mike Pence has asked lawmakers to clarify the language to make it clear the law can’t be used to discriminate.

Kernan said Wednesday that the outcry over the law “becomes more and more damaging every hour, every day” and said simply editing the language isn’t enough.

The Democrat says the bill was passed with language that was “pointed directly at citizens in our state,” particularly in the gay and lesbian community.

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