Church recommits to 2017 Indy convention after law flap

A Christian denomination that pulled a convention from Indianapolis amid the furor over a new Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act is bringing the meeting back to the city after the law was amended.

The General Board of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) announced Monday that the amendments signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence on April 2 addressed its concerns and it has selected Indianapolis for its 2017 General Assembly.

The Indianapolis-based denomination's general minister and president, Sharon Watkins, says its decision to move the meeting "helped get Indiana on the road to full protection for all people."

The organization, a mainline Protestant Christian group that has been headquartered in Indianapolis for nearly 100 years, draws about 6,000 visitors to its general assemblies, which take place every other year.

The meeting was among several events that were canceled or placed in jeopardy after the passage of the original law.

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