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Gay athletes protest Indiana Religious Freedom law

Saturday, April 04, 2015 - 01:00

Several prominent gay athletes protest Indiana's Religious Freedom law, saying it unfairly discriminates against the LGBT community. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Several prominent gay athletes protested the new Indiana Religious Freedom law on Saturday (April 4) as being discriminatory to gays. The Religious Freedom Restoration Act catapulted the state into a firestorm because it lacked specific provisions to prevent denial of services and other discrimination against gays. It raised the possibility of businesses using the law as a defense if they are sued, such as realtors for refusing to show homes to a member of the LGBT community or caterers if they rejected a request to provide for a same-sex wedding. Supporters of the measure have said the laws do not allow for discrimination and are needed to protect religious freedom. Zach Adamson, Council Member District 16 of Indianapolis, said more needs to be done for LGBT rights despite Governor Mike Pence's signing of a revised law on Thursday. The rewritten Indiana proposal specifies that it does not authorize a provider to refuse to do business with anyone on the basis of "race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or United States military service." "To whatever degree we can call this a "fix" it is on the best of days only a half measure," Adamson said during a news conference on Saturday. "A corporation is not a person. They do not have a religion. A corporation does not go to heaven when they die. It is lunacy to apply personhood to an inanimate object," he said. The news conference came before the Final Four basketball tournament was set to tip off Saturday night in Indianapolis. Retired basketball player Jason Collins, the NBA's first openly gay athlete, was among those at the news conference. "The fight is not over," Collins said. "We have to continue to work together to ensure that we never put our players, coaches, fans, or their families in a similar situation where they could face discrimination simply because of who they are. This goes against everything sports stands for," he said.

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Gay athletes protest Indiana Religious Freedom law

Saturday, April 04, 2015 - 01:00

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