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March 29, 2015

After signing the act into law, Governor Mike Pence says he is now seeking clarification that the new law does not promote discrimination against gays and lesbians

Thousands in Saturday marched in the state capital of Indianapolis while several hundred others rallied outside the Indiana Statehouse as a campaign by major businesses to boycott the state over its anti-gay religious freedom gains traction.

March 28, 2015

'Discrimination in any form is unacceptable to me'

National Basketball Association legend Charles Barkley wants college basketball to remove its most important game out of Indiana.

Every March and April the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) holds its Final Four tournament (March Madness).

This year the championship will be held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

March 28, 2015

Businesses including Apple, Yelp, Gen Con and Salesforce have expressed their objection to the new law with some threatening to pull out of the state

San Francisco has become the first major city to boycott Indiana over its new laws that will discriminate against LGBTI people.

Mayor Ed Lee (D) said on Thursday that he objects to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows businesses in the state to cite religious beliefs as a legal defense for businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

March 28, 2015

Businesses including Apple, Yelp, Gen Con and Salesforce have expressed their objection to the new law with some threatening to pull out of the state

San Francisco has become the first major city to boycott Indiana over its new laws that will discriminate against LGBTI people.

Mayor Ed Lee (D) said on Thursday that he objects to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act that allows businesses in the state to cite religious beliefs as a legal defense for businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.

March 27, 2015

'This bill is a poison pill for jobs and investment in the state of Arkansas, and Governor Hutchinson has a duty to veto it'

Today, 27 March, the Arkansas Senate has passed a 'religious freedom' bill, mirrors Indiana's new law.

According to Arkansas Online, the southern state's senate passed HB 1228, also known as the Conscience Protection Act, in a 24-7 vote.

March 27, 2015

'Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?'

Broadway and television star Audra McDonald has no patience for Indiana's controversial anti-LGBTI law.

Yesterday, 26 March, Governor Mike Pence signed SB101, which allows anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

March 27, 2015

'Some in my band are gay & we have 2 gigs in your state next month. Should we call ahead to make sure the hotel accepts us all?'

Broadway and television star Audra McDonald has no patience for Indiana's controversial anti-LGBTI law.

Yesterday, 26 March, Governor Mike Pence signed SB101, which allows anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

March 27, 2015

The US Disciples of Christ church is threatening to move its 2017 General Assembly convention outside of Indiana over a new ‘religious liberty’ law that allows religious people to discriminate against anyone they want to including LGBTI people

The leadership of the US Disciples of Christ church are reviewing their plans to hold their 2017 General Assembly in the state of Indiana after its Republican Governor Mike Pence signed into law a bill allowing wide ranging rights to discriminate by anyone who claims they have a religious objection.

March 27, 2015

The US Disciples of Christ church is threatening to move its 2017 General Assembly convention outside of Indiana over a new ‘religious liberty’ law that allows religious people to discriminate against anyone they want to including LGBTI people

The leadership of the US Disciples of Christ church are reviewing their plans to hold their 2017 General Assembly in the state of Indiana after its Republican Governor Mike Pence signed into law a bill allowing wide ranging rights to discriminate by anyone who claims they have a religious objection.

March 26, 2015

Mike Pence: 'If I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it'

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed a controversial anti-LGBTI bill into law.

In a private ceremony today, Pence signed SB101 which allows anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

March 26, 2015

Mike Pence: 'If I thought it legalized discrimination in any way in Indiana, I would have vetoed it'

Indiana Governor Mike Pence has signed a controversial anti-LGBTI bill into law.

In a private ceremony today, Pence signed SB101 which allows anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

March 25, 2015

Gen Con says diversity of attendees is a 'key element' to its success

A major gaming convention has threatened to pull out of Indiana if state governor Mike Pence signs a bill that would allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against LGBTI people on religious grounds.

Adrian Swartout, chief executive officer of Gen Con, wrote a letter to Pence, warning that 'legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state's economy.'

March 25, 2015

Gen Con says diversity of attendees is a 'key element' to its success

A major gaming convention has threatened to pull out of Indiana if state governor Mike Pence signs a bill that would allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against LGBTI people on religious grounds.

Adrian Swartout, chief executive officer of Gen Con, wrote a letter to Pence, warning that 'legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state's economy.'

March 25, 2015

'We will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events'

Star Trek icon George Takei warns Indiana Governor Mike Pence that his state will lose far more than the $50 million GenCon convention if he signs an anti-LGBTI bill into law.

March 25, 2015

'We will not visit. We will not spend. And we will not attend events'

Star Trek icon George Takei warns Indiana Governor Mike Pence that his state will lose far more than the $50 million GenCon convention if he signs an anti-LGBTI bill into law.

March 24, 2015

Senate has already passed legislation - Governor Mike Pence plans to sign into law

The Indiana House of Representatives on Monday (22 March) easily passed a bill that would allow anyone - including private businesses and organizations - to discriminate against LGBTI people and others due to religious beliefs.

The bill was passed by the Indiana Senate last month and Republican Governor Mike Spence (pictured) has already vowed to sign it into law.

Spence said in a statement the bill 'is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact.

March 19, 2015

As anti-gay legislation allowing businesses to discriminate edges closer to becoming law in the state, an Indianapolis man says he is ‘very surprised’ by an explosion of interest he has had in his ‘Open for Service’ sticker campaign

The US is currently seeing a wave of anti-LGBT bills being introduced by lawmakers.

Many of these bills are concerned with ensuring that business owners with strong religious beliefs are legally permitted to refuse service to LGBT customers.

Although it is those companies that have refused to provides services for same-sex marriages that have been making headlines, businesses that are happy to support all sections of the community are now making themselves heard.

February 26, 2015

'Bills that say they are about protecting one thing when the real goal is to target and discriminate against LGBT people'

The Indiana State Senate has passed a bill that will permit small businesses to exercise their 'religious liberties'. 

Critics of the bill, which was created by Social Conservatives in response to the state's same-sex marriage law being struck down in June 2014, have argued that it would allow small business owners to refuse service to LGBTI people based on their sexuality.

February 8, 2015

'Niki spent the last year of her life on earth very publicly fighting for her family and doing everything she could to make sure that her wife and daughters were protected'

Niki Quasney, the US lesbian who sued Indiana to recognize her marriage, died from ovarian cancer on 5 February.

The 38-year-old was surrounded by her wife, Amy Sandler, her mother, and 5 siblings.

In 2014 April, the couple asked a federal court to order their home state of Indiana to recognize their marriage because of Quasney's terminal illness.

December 29, 2014

LGBT campaigners fear the bill will allow service providers to legally discriminate against gay customers

Conservative politicians in Indiana are currently putting the final preparations to a bill that they hope will allow small businesses to exercise ‘religious liberties’.

Critics of the bill say that it would, in effect, allow business owners to refuse providing services to LGBT people on the grounds of their religious belief.

Social Conservatives in the State have been working on the bill since a federal judge’s decision in June to allow same-sex marriages to go ahead in the State – a decision later backed by the Supreme Court.

December 29, 2014

LGBT campaigners fear the bill will allow service providers to legally discriminate against gay customers

Conservative politicians in Indiana are currently putting the final preparations to a bill that they hope will allow small businesses to exercise ‘religious liberties’.

Critics of the bill say that it would, in effect, allow business owners to refuse providing services to LGBT people on the grounds of their religious belief.

Social Conservatives in the State have been working on the bill since a federal judge’s decision in June to allow same-sex marriages to go ahead in the State – a decision later backed by the Supreme Court.

December 24, 2014

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a school district in Western Indiana on behalf of three students who have formed a GSA club

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a school district in Western Indiana for not recognizing a club for LGBTI students and their supporters.

The school in question is the North Putnam High School in Bainbridge, where three students have formed a Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club.

December 18, 2014

Gaylard Williams allegedly approached man at a lake - gay pornography later found in his car

Gaylard Williams leads a church in Seymour, Indiana, which preaches that homosexuality is a sin.

This week, the 59-year-old pastor was arrested for allegedly approaching a man parked at a lake, squeezing his genitals and asking to perform oral sex.

The man told the pastor he was 'barking up the wrong tree.'

The man took down the pastor's license plate and called police. Williams told police he was in the area looking for a friend who goes fishing there, according to WLKY.

November 21, 2014

Partying with Mickey and Minnie, Elsa and Anna; we'd call it camp as Christmas but that would be too obvious

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, there was a little boy who loved Ariel from Disney's The Little Mermaid a little too much…but he wasn't allowed a doll of her for Christmas.