Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has approved changes to new law that sparked boycotts of the state amid fears that it would allow discrimination against lesbians and gays.
I've signed #RFRA clarification bill. Resolving controversy/making clear every person feels welcome & respected in our state is best for IN.— Governor Mike Pence (@Governor Mike Pence) 1428012320.0
There'll be some who think bill goes too far, some who think it doesn't go far enough. As governor, I must always put the interest of IN 1st— Governor Mike Pence (@Governor Mike Pence) 1428012588.0
IN is rightly celebrated for our pro-biz environment & Hoosier hospitality is not a slogan, it is our way of life.— Governor Mike Pence (@Governor Mike Pence) 1428012672.0
Now that this is behind us, let’s move fwd together w/a renewed commitment to civility & respect that make IN great: http://t.co/AnqnchgM2n— Governor Mike Pence (@Governor Mike Pence) 1428012773.0
Pence had asked lawmakers to clarify language in the religious objections law earlier this week as businesses canceled conventions and governments banned travel to the state. The House and Senate approved the changes Thursday after intense negotiations with business and community leaders, and Pence signed it late in the day.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence holds a news conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 26, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
The revised legislation prohibits providers from using the law as a legal defense for refusing to provide services, goods, facilities or accommodations. It also bars discrimination based on factors that include race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or United States military service.
The law will take effect July 1.