LGBT anti-discrimination bills take center stage in Indiana Senate on Wednesday

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By: Brian Slodysko/Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate is set to take up proposals that could establish statewide civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, a move supporters say may help the state’s image after a religious objections law last year drew national attention and backlash.

But passage of either bill is far from certain. Gov. Mike Pence said recently that he will prioritize religious freedom over LGBT rights, and many lawmakers have expressed reservations.

One bill to be heard Wednesday would extend discrimination protections to LGBT people in public accommodation, housing and employment. The other would do the same but exclude transgender people. Both contain several religious exemptions.

Lawmakers have struggled to address LGBT rights since the furor last spring over the law, which they quickly made changes to.