Indiana lawmakers to form committee studying LGBT civil rights

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers will form a committee to study the possibility of adding LGBT civil rights protections into state law.

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma and GOP Senate leader David Long said Wednesday that debate over the issue has dominated discussions in recent legislative sessions.

Bosma says it makes sense to study the issue before lawmakers return next January to “let people think about it a little bit.”

Indiana was thrust into an unwanted national spotlight in 2015 after a religious objections law provoked fierce backlash from critics who said it could be used to deny services to for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Since then, the possibility of adopting statewide LGBT civil rights protections has been hotly debated.

Members of the study committee have not yet been announced.

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