New battle lines have been drawn in the fight over civil rights protection for Indiana’s LGBT community.
For instance, those in the "T" category have been taken out of the equation altogether.
The version passed out of committee does not cover transgender individuals. This new version of this bill would really wipe the slate clean for everyone.
It would repeal the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed last year. The clarifying language that said RFRA couldn't be used to discriminate.
Barronell Stutzman came all the way from Washington state to recount how a 10-year customer of hers became a combatant in court.
“About two months after Washington redefined marriage, Robb came into my store to talk to me about his wedding," said Barronelle Stutzman. "I gently put my hands on his and said Robb, I cannot do your wedding because my relationship with Jesus Christ.”
Oregon baker Melissa Klein lost her business, Sweet Cakes, after she was ordered to pay $135,000 in damages for refusing to bake a cake for a same sex couple.
“When I bake a wedding cake, I’m celebrating that wedding and blessing it in my own small way," said Klein.
But Indiana lawmakers were also warned that their bill went too far in extending exemptions for religious reasons.
“So think religiously associated hospitals: Does it need to recognize a gay marriage?" asked Deborah Widiss, an I.U. law professor. "If a patient comes in in a coma in an ambulance, they haven't chosen that hospital. Does that hospital need to actually recognize that marriage and accord the spouse the decision making authority that comes with having recognized that marriage? This bill says no. I think that's a real problem."
The bill passed out of the rules committee seven to five and should hit the Senate floor next week.
Senator Arnold from LaPorte voted no, as did Senator Tallian from Portage. Senator Charbonneau of Valparaiso voted yes.