State laws vary, often leaving out LGBTQ protections

August 25, 2018

Carley Lanich, Ashley Hopko and Justin Parham, News21

INDIANAPOLIS — Pastor Ron Johnson has long played a role in conservative politics in Indiana. Three years ago, he stood behind Mike Pence as the then-Indiana governor signed a religious-freedom bill designed to offer legal remedies for people whose “exercise of religion has been substantially burdened.”

The legislation thrust Indiana into the national spotlight as local and national business leaders feared the law might be used to “justify discrimination based upon sexual orientation or gender identity.” In the week after Pence’s signing, lawmakers scrambled to enact a legislative fix declaring that the religious-freedom law does not allow discrimination.

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