Freedom Indiana launches campaign pushing to ban LGBT discrimination statewide

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The anti-discrimination group Freedom Indiana is launching a campaign pushing for a new law giving equal rights and protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people statewide.

The campaign hopes to capitalize on the national uproar that erupted earlier this year when lawmakers and Republican Gov. Mike Pence approved a religious objections law. Many opponents felt the law could sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians, prompting lawmakers to make changes.

Since then, several Indiana cities updated local ordinances to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Now Freedom Indiana is asking the Republican-led Legislature to change the state’s civil rights laws to do the same.

Opponents of LGBT protections didn’t immediately comment on the campaign. Pence’s office also didn’t offer an immediate response.

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