New Albany council to weigh in on religious objections law

The revision of Indiana's religious objections law isn't stopping a southern Indiana city from considering a measure condemning the statute.

New Albany City Councilman John Gonder said his resolution calling for the legislation to be repealed will be considered Monday night by the southern Indiana community's council.

The handling of the law by the General Assembly and Gov. Mike Pence gave Indiana a "black eye," and it's important for people who oppose the law to speak up, New Albany City Councilman John Gonder told the News and Tribune.

"There were a lot of people who were frightened and offended, and it colors Indiana as an intolerant place, and I don't think that's the reality of it," Gonder said.

On Thursday, the Legislature passed and Pence signed a bill designed to clarify what some officials said were misconceptions about the law. The new law states the original statute cannot be used as a legal defense to discriminate against people on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

New Albany Mayor Jeff Gahan earlier had called for the original law to be revised.

"Elected officials have a duty to create an environment that welcomes everyone and discriminates against no one," Gahan said.


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