LGBT rights groups to lay out plans after 2016 Indiana legislative session ends

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prominent voices in the Indiana LGBT rights debate will lay out their plans after lawmakers declined act on gay civil rights protections during the recently adjourned legislative session.

Freedom Indiana and the business-backed group Indiana Competes are set to lay out an agenda during a news conference Tuesday.

Currently Indiana doesn’t offer statewide protections to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people prohibiting discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation.

Both groups have been warning that inaction on the matter by Republican Gov. Mike Pence and the GOP-controlled Legislature will harm the state’s ability to attract talent and business to the state.

The GOP-controlled Senate took up two bills addressing LGBT rights. But the proposals were killed amid fierce opposition from social conservatives.

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