Freedom Indiana

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Indiana came closer than it’s ever come during the last session to joining the ranks of states with bias crime, or hate crime laws. 

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith frames the debate over the legislation, including the difficult road it faces going forward.

Indiana came closer than it’s ever come during the 2016 legislative session to joining the ranks of states with bias crime, or hate crime, laws. 

Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Brandon Smith frames the debate on the legislation, including the difficult road it faces going forward.

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Indiana groups pushing for LGBT rights say the path forward to securing those rights next year is educating lawmakers.  LGBT rights advocates discussed Tuesday what they have in store after LGBT rights legislation died before getting a vote on either chamber floor this session.

Despite failure at the General Assembly, local communities, including, most recently, Evansville and Kokomo, continue to enact their own anti-discrimination ordinances. 

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The Senate is expected to vote Tuesday on whether to add transgendered Hoosiers to a gay-rights bill.

Democrats and gay-rights groups have opposed Senate Republicans' civil rights bill because it pushes the question of transgender protections to a study committee.

The bill's supporters have argued more debate is needed about transgender rights.

But Sen. Ron Alting (R-Lafayette) has filed an amendment to add gender identity to the bill.

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Advocates on either side of the religious liberty/LGBT rights debate at the Statehouse say they’re not surprised a bill aiming to rewrite last year’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act died Wednesday without even receiving a vote. 

The proposed bill would’ve labeled certain constitutional rights – including freedoms of religion, speech, thought, and assembly – as “fundamental” and required judges to give deference to them. 

LGBT rights group Freedom Indiana opposed the bill, arguing it threatened to promote discrimination against the LGBT community. 

Indiana Scores Better Than Average On LGBT Equality Index

Dec 21, 2015
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The city of Bloomington is one of only 47 in the nation that received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Municipal Equality Index, an annual report grades cities on LGBT inclusion.

The report scores cities based on several factors, including non-discrimination laws, employment policies, inclusiveness of city services and law enforcement.

Seven of Indiana’s largest cities were included in the analysis. The average score in the state was 60 out of 100 points – that’s above the national average.

Bloomington, Indianapolis, and South Bend scored even higher.

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Two groups among the state’s most outspoken opponents of LGBTQ civil rights laws are challenging a law enacted by the state legislature, as well as ordinances adopted by the cities of Carmel and Indianapolis.

The Indiana Family Institute and the American Family Association of Indiana on Thursday filed a lawsuit that claims, among other things, the state and local laws violate the groups’ religious liberties.

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The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, one of the session’s most controversial bills, drew hundreds to the Statehouse Monday to rally both for and against the measure. 

Opposition group confident it can kill HJR-3

Feb 25, 2014

When opponents of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage announced the formation of a group to fight the amendment, few observers gave them much of a chance.

But now the amendment is on hold for at least another year, and the leaders of Freedom Indiana are confident of killing it altogether.

Campaign manager Megan Robertson says having a single group directing strategy made it easier to keep everyone on message.

She maintains passing the amendment would have damaged the GOP politically.

Opponents of HJR-3 says ensuring the proposed constitutional amendment banning same sex marriage wouldn’t be on the ballot this fall was a huge victory. 

But they say the battle isn’t over yet.

Mayor of West Lafayette joins Freedom Indiana

Dec 3, 2013
City of West Lafayette

The mayor of West Lafayette is opposing a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in the state.

John Dennis one of several city leaders across Indiana joining the Freedom Indiana group. In a statement, the two-term, Republican says the amendment goes against the city's values.

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