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.