Great news late this afternoon out of Indiana: The Indiana Legislature has dropped consideration of legislation to grant special rights to gays and lesbians that would have weakened religious liberty in the state. This is a great win for common sense and for supporters of true marriage.
NOM worked hard with allies to defeat this so-called sexual orientation/gender identity legislation. A key backer of the legislation, Sen. David Long, the Republican Senate Majority Leader, said that legislators had been "hit hard from all sides" and that groups from outside the state were not "truly seeking a solution." However, contrary to Sen. Long's assertion, this legislation is a solution in search of a problem. What legislators heard from their constituents was that gays and lesbians are not entitled to special legal protections and that SOGI legislation like that being considered in Indiana becomes a club for LGBT activists to use against supporters of marriage and people of faith, stripping them of their religious liberty rights to refuse to participate in advancing the LGBT agenda.
NOM is grateful to Micah Clark of American Family Association of Indiana and Curt Smith of Indiana Family Institute for their leadership on this critical issue.