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Indiana governor signs revised version of “religious freedom” law

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long speaks as House Speaker Brian Bosma
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Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a reworked version of the state’s controversial “religious freedom” law on Thursday. In a statement, Pence addressed the backlash that had erupted over the last week, saying, “it is important that our state take action to address the concerns that have been raised and move forward.” Earlier in the day, the GOP leaders of Indiana’s state government announced that they would revise the language of the controversial law to specifically prohibit discrimination. “We are sorry that the misrepresentation hurt so many people,” Indiana’s House speaker Brian Bosma told reporters at a press conference. The announcement was met with careful praise, with some saying, “It’s going to show us [Indiana] in our true light.” Others cautioned that the revised language is just a first step toward true equality in the state. The former mayor of Indianapolis praised the decision and said, “the future of Indiana was at stake.” It remains to be seen if everyone will live happily ever after.

Read the full story at the New York Times and The Huffington Post.

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