Indiana law clarification allows limited protections

A final deal will require approval of the Legislature and Pence

Hundreds of people gathered outside the Indiana Statehouse on Saturday, March 28, 2015, for a rally against legislation signed Thursday by Gov. Mike Pence that opponents say could sanction discrimination against gay people. The law's supporters contend the discrimination claims are overblown and insist it will keep the government from compelling people to provide services they find objectionable on religious grounds. (AP Photo/Rick Callahan)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A newspaper reports that Indiana lawmakers have proposed limited protections for gays and lesbians while they try to quell concerns that a new law that supporters say protects religious liberties would allow discrimination.

A draft of the language obtained by The Indianapolis Star says the new law can’t be used as a legal defense for refusing to provide services, goods or accommodations to residents based on their sexual orientation. But it would not make gays and lesbians a protected class under the state’s civil rights laws or repeal the law signed by Republican Gov. Mike Pence last week.

The draft language would exempt churches and other nonprofit religious organizations.

A final deal will require approval of the Legislature and Pence.

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