INDIANAPOLIS – Both Democratic and Republican leaders in the Indiana General Assembly plan news conferences to address a new state law that’s been criticized over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Republican Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long and Republican House Speaker Brian Bosma planned a Monday event, saying they'll “discuss their plans for clarifying” the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Also on Monday, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane and House Democratic Leader Scott Pelath plan a news conference “to respond to calls for legislative action” regarding the law.
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the measure last week and defended it during a television appearance Sunday.
The act prohibits state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.