The revised legislation prohibits providers from using the law as a legal defense for refusing to provide services, goods, facilities or accommodations. Legislators hammered out the change after critics claimed the "religious freedom" law could be used to discriminate based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
The money had already been earmarked for the programs, but the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute board had delayed its distribution to gather more information and confirm the money will be spent to expand programs.
Justices turned away appeals from five states including Indiana seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage. The court's order immediately ends delays on such marriages in those states but leaves the Constitutional question hanging.