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Transgender Advocates Ask For Protections Under Proposed Indiana Civil Rights Legislation
Updated February 1, 2016 1:32 PM
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(INDIANAPOLIS) - Advocates at the Indiana Statehouse are urging lawmakers to include protections for transgender people to proposed civil rights legislation.

Those gathered at the state Capitol Monday said the measure preferred by GOP Senate President David Long doesn't go far enough because it doesn't include protections for transgender people. The bill would extend civil rights protections to lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The state Senate is expected to take up the measure this week.

Many religious conservatives also oppose the measure. They argue it would curtail religious freedom by requiring Christians to work with gay people.

"We can't finish leaving anybody behind," said Kris Posthuma. "So removing the T from LGBT is not any better. It was never good to begin with so I just think this should have been about four words and a comma and it has just gotten so confusing and needlessly so."

Long says there will be a vote on the measure this week even if there's not enough support for the bill to pass.

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