Indiana Legislators Meeting to Clarify 'Religious Freedom' Law

Thursday, April 2, 2015

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Indiana will meet Thursday morning to debate a bill clarifying the state's new "religious freedom" law, which critics have said gives business owners the right to discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

Deliberations begin at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with four members of each party making up the conference.

Once the conference agrees on the bill's language, it will go to the legislature for a vote.

The controversial law - called the Religious Freedom Restoration Act - was signed by Gov. Mike Pence last week and prompted national outcry from human rights groups and businesses, though a number of likely Republican presidential candidates have all come out in support of the law. Pence said Tuesday that he mishandled the law's passage and the bill needed to be fixed.

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