Indiana’s New “Civil Rights” Bill: Two Steps Back for the LGBT Community?

A proposed Indiana Bill purports to extend civil rights protections to the LGBT community. In practice, it may be a step back.

bisexual issue,” he said. “The transgender piece is different enough. … The whole psychology of that is just different enough. It takes away some of the angst folks were having, because folks don’t understand the issue.”

Reaction was quick from LGBT activists, who called the bill “a non-starter.” “We are for full protections for all LGBT people, said Chris Paulsen of Freedom Indiana, which advocates for gay and transgender rights.  

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Although both bills have been introduced to the Senate, it is unclear when they will be taken up. The House, in particular, does not seem eager to step into the debate. “I just don’t think [LGBT protection] was a priority for legislative leaders,” said Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma, after unveiling the legislative agenda for House Republicans in 2016.

In the meantime, said Freedom Indiana, “The more lawmakers try to dance around the need for real, clear LGBT protections, the more it looks like they want a way to maintain the status quo: a state where you can be fired, denied housing or turned away from public places because of who you are or whom you love.”

 

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