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Damage control

Indiana gov calls for changes to religious freedom bill

By Andrew Tavani on March 31, 2015

Mike Pence spoke out Tuesday amid a growing backlash against a divisive bill in Indiana that critics say makes it legal to discriminate against members of the LGBT community. Pence defended the legislation and said it was neither his nor lawmakers’ intention to “create a license to discriminate.” He called for legislation that clarifies the law to be on his desk by the end of the week. White House spokesman Josh Earnest denounced the bill and said Indiana officials are in “damage control-mode.” Meanwhile, Arkansas lawmakers got in on the controversy and passed a similar bill late Tuesday afternoon amid a growing chorus of criticism from businesses in the state and around the country. That bill now moves to the desk of Arkansas’ Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson.

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