Foes Plan Rally Before Hearing On Indiana's Religious Freedom Bill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Opponents of a proposed state law that critics say could allow discrimination against gays and transgender people are planning an Indiana Statehouse rally ahead of a legislative hearing on the bill.

An Indiana House committee is scheduled Monday morning to consider the proposal that supporters say is aimed at protecting religious freedom and preventing the government from compelling people to provide services for activities such as same-sex weddings that they consider objectionable.

The rally against the bill is being organized by Freedom Indiana, which led last year's campaign against adding a gay marriage ban to the state constitution before federal courts legalized such marriages in the state.

The Republican-backed bill cleared the Indiana Senate last month and is among similar measures introduced in at least a dozen states.


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