Thursday, October 8, 2015

Senate Democrats Propose Simple Change to Civil rights Law to Protect LGBT Rights

Four words and a comma: “sexual orientation and gender identity.” That's all Indiana Senate Democrats are proposing to add to the state's civil rights law to ensure statewide protection for LGBT rights. Says Senate minority leader Tim Lanane, “Someone has to come forward and say, ‘Here’s the simplest, the easiest way but yet the way which will afford the most protection.'” Democrats are prepared to lead with a straight-forward bill while Governor Pence and Republicans, still reeling from the RFRA fiasco, continue to meet behind closed doors to find a compromise that the party's right wing can accept. That will be a challenge since they argue that protecting LGBT constitutional rights infringes on their religious rights. Read more from Indiana Public Media here.