Indiana Gay Rights Bill Advances to Senate, Leaving Transgender Individuals Behind

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Indiana Capitol. Image via Passport.

A bill that would extend civil rights protections to gays and lesbians has advanced to the Senate after a Rules Committee narrowly passed the vote (7-5). The Republican-lead version of the bill will not include protections for transgender persons, and LGBT groups called the watered-down bill shameful.

“The committee voted unanimously to incorporate into the bill a repeal of last year’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the law which pushed LGBT rights to the front burner. The provision would incorporate into state law a 1993 Indiana Supreme Court decision on how judges should weigh religious freedom,” according to WBIW.

A vote in the Senate could come as early as Tuesday.

 

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