Thursday, November 17, 2016

Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act 'fix' lawsuit will proceed in court

By Stephanie Wang

INDIANA---Hamilton Superior Judge Steven R. Nation allowed conservatives' lawsuit challenging cities' nondiscrimination ordinances to proceed in court. His order, issued Wednesday, denies the cities' request to dismiss the lawsuit. The order also requires the conservative groups to add the state of Indiana as a party to the lawsuit, since they are also challenging a state law — the Religious Freedom Restoration Act "fix." Indiana Family Institute and American Family Association of Indiana sued the cities of Indianapolis, Carmel, Bloomington and Columbus over nondiscrimination ordinances, which the conservative groups say limits their business expansion and affronts their religious freedom as evangelical Christians who oppose lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. [link]