Proponents and opponents of putting sexual orientation and gender identity into the state's civil rights law say they expect to spend tremendous time and energy on the issue—but not money. They say individual conversations are what will sway lawmakers.
We still believe that simply adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the civil rights law makes the most sense. But it is with cautious optimism that we welcome a proposal from Senate Republicans that goes further than we expected.
State officials have ended a contract with a New York PR firm it hired to assess the damage to Indiana's reputation after the national furor over its religious freedom law. After three months, the firm will be paid $365,000.
Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair says lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents now need civil rights protections so they can't be fired or denied services due to their sexual orientation.