Gen Con CEO calls for broader LGBT protections in Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The CEO of a massive gamers’ convention that threatened to leave Indiana earlier this year over a divisive religious objections law says the event still could be relocated if lawmakers don’t expand protections for gays and lesbians.

Cities across the U.S. have courted convention organizers since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the initial bill in March, provoking national uproar from critics who believed it would sanction discrimination against gay people. Backlash prompted lawmakers to make changes forbidding discrimination, but they stopped short of extending civil rights protections to the LGBT community.

Gen Con CEO Adrian Swartout told The Associated Press Thursday on the convention’s opening day that a competitive offer from a state that grants that status could be a “catalyst” to relocate when the contract expires in 2020.

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