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Indiana House OKs religious objection bill

Indiana House OKs religious objection bill

The Indiana House approved by a wide margin Monday a proposal strengthening protections for religious objections in state law that opponents say could provide legal cover for discrimination against gay people. Republicans cast all the "yes" votes as House members voted 63-31 to support the bill that would prohibit any state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs and has a definition of a "person" that includes religious institutions, businesses and associations. Groups supporting the measure say it would prevent the government from compelling people to provide services such as catering or photography for...

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