Indiana legislator proposes adding LGBT anti-discrimination protections to pending legislation

Democratic Rep. Ed DeLaney of Indianapolis is proposing an amendment to one of several laws that must be voted on by the Indiana State Legislature before the end of the session that would amend Indiana law to provide protection against discrimination for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers. The Indiana legislative session ends on April 29th.

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Indiana State Representative Ed DeLaney address a crowd during the rally protesting the state’s religious freedom bill, Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Tom Davies, Associated Press: Lawmaker looks to spur Indiana gay rights protections debate:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A Democratic lawmaker said Monday he wanted to force an Indiana House debate over whether to extend protections for gays, lesbians and others under the state’s nondiscrimination laws less than two weeks after the backlash over the religious objections law.

The proposal from Democratic Rep. Ed DeLaney of Indianapolis calls for adding sexual orientation and gender identity to the nondiscrimination sections of numerous state laws, including the Indiana civil rights law covering education, employment, public accommodations and housing.

“I think the state needs to stop suffering about this. The discussion about the religious freedom law has not ended, either on a local or a state or even a national basis,” DeLaney told The Associated Press. “… I think it is time to get this behind us.”

Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma and other GOP legislative leaders have said extending anti-discrimination laws to cover sexual orientation could be debated next year, but don’t believe there’s enough time to tackle such a policy change before this year’s General Assembly session ends no later than April 29.

DeLaney said he planned to offer the proposal as an amendment to at least one of two bills for which the House faces a Tuesday deadline for taking action.

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