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New Chapter Unfolds in Indiana Religious Freedom Fight

01-14-2016

Indiana's governor is taking a stand for religious freedom in his state's ongoing debate over civil rights protections for homosexuals.

In his State of the State speech, Gov. Mike Pence said no one should be mistreated because of "who they love or what they believe."

But he also said "no one should ever fear persecution because of their deeply held religious beliefs."

"I will not support any bill that diminishes the religious freedom of Hoosiers or interferes with the constitutional rights of our citizens to live out their beliefs in worship, service or work," Pence said.

Pence faced a storm of protests last March for religious objections legislation that prohibits other state laws that "substantially burden" a person's ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.

Bills are pending in the Indiana Legislature that would extend new protections for LGBT people, along with a long list of religious exemptions.

Pence didn't say specifically whether he believed those bills would infringe on religious freedoms

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