Four cities ask for a dismissal of LGBT protection lawsuit challenge

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP): Bloomington and three other Indiana cities have asked a Hamilton County judge to dismiss a lawsuit challenging local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

The Herald-Times reports that the cities argue the conservative advocacy groups that filed the case against local human rights ordinances don’t have standing and that they’ve improperly argued hypothetical situations.

The conservative groups say Bloomington’s human rights ordinance and similar ordinances in Indianapolis, Carmel and Columbus could have a negative effect on religious freedom, particularly for evangelical Christian groups opposing LGBT rights and same-sex marriage.

The Indiana Family Institute and American Family Association of Indiana filed the lawsuit last December, seeking to bring back the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act in its original form. Indiana Family Action later joined the lawsuit.

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