INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal strengthening protections in Indiana law for religious objections is on its way to Gov. Mike Pence even as opponents maintain it could provide legal cover for discrimination against gay people.

The Indiana Senate voted 40-10 along party lines Tuesday to support the Republican-backed bill that would prohibit any state or local laws that “substantially burden” the religious beliefs of an individual, business or religious institution.

Pence says he supports the bill and will sign it into law.

Groups supporting the measure say it would prevent the government from compelling people to provide services for same-sex weddings or other activities they find objectionable. Some companies have opposed the bill, saying they worried it could cast Indiana as an unwelcoming state.


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