Indiana's RFRA revisions focus of lawsuit filed by Indiana Family Institute

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NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Conservative groups are challenging the limits that were placed on Indiana’s religious objections law after last spring’s national uproar over whether it could be used to discriminate against gays and lesbians.

The lawsuit filed Thursday in Hamilton County court by the Indiana Family Institute and others argues that the restrictions violate the state constitution by taking away legal protections based on a person’s religious views on matters such as same-sex marriages.

The revisions prohibit providers from using the religious-objections law as a legal defense for refusing to provide services.

The lawsuit also challenges civil rights ordinances in Indianapolis and Carmel that include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Attorney Jim Bopp tells the Indianapolis Business Journal that those ordinances limit observing religious beliefs to only within a church.

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