- Associated Press - Saturday, May 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana communities are taking steps to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity after an outcry over a state law that critics charged was anti-gay.

Experts say the local measures could serve as a testing ground for proposed state-level protections and help advance the issue in the Legislature.

Indiana’s new law establishes legal guidelines for courts dealing with cases involving religious objections. Critics charged that the original version would allow people to use their religious beliefs as a legal defense for discriminating against members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

Lawmakers clarified the language to address the concerns. But leaders in communities that have adopted protections tell The Indianapolis Star (https://indy.st/1J8UMHi ) they’re needed to send an important message that people are welcome in Indiana.

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Information from: The Indianapolis Star, https://www.indystar.com


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