Indiana social conservative to sponsor LGBT discrimination protections bill

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By: Brian Slodysko/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The GOP leader of Indiana’s state Senate says a bill addressing LGBT protections will be sponsored by a religious conservative lawmaker known for pushing anti-abortion and religious protection measures.

Republican Senate leader David Long refused to give details about the bill. But he said on Monday that Sen. Travis Holdman of Markle is drafting the measure, which will be considered during the legislative session beginning in January.

The debate over enshrining protections into state law for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people has been uncomfortable for Republicans because it drives a wedge between two pillars of the GOP base. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce, which represents the business establishment, supports the idea. But many religious conservatives remain opposed.

The matter is expected to be a major issue during the session.