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Caitlin MacNeal

Caitlin MacNeal is a News Writer based in Washington, D.C. Before joining TPM, Caitlin interned and wrote for the Huffington Post, the Sunlight Foundation and Slate. She is a graduate of Georgetown University.

Articles by Caitlin

House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said he was "hurt" by the coverage of his 2002 speech to a white nationalist group founded by a former Ku Klux Klan leader.

"When you get into this line of work, you’re in public office, you expect you’re gonna have cheap shots taken at you. That’s part of the process," Scalise told The Hill in an interview published Thursday. "The thing that probably frustrated me and hurt me the most was when there were inaccurate stories written about me or stories that were written that were trying to imply or infer things that weren’t true."

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Angie's List, one of the first companies to object to Indiana's religious freedom law, on Thursday morning said that the changes proposed by Indiana lawmakers did not go far enough in addressing the company's concerns.

"Our position is that this 'fix' is insufficient," Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle said in a statement, according to the Indianapolis Star. "There was no repeal of RFRA and no end to discrimination of homosexuals in Indiana."

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Indiana legislative leaders on Thursday morning introduced changes to the state's religious freedom law that would prohibit businesses from discriminating against gays and lesbians.

Leaders introduced a conference committee report that would alter Indiana code to state that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cannot be used to defend discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Indiana lawmakers announced on Thursday morning that they have reached an agreement to address concerns that the religious freedom bill would permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

During a press conference, Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma (R) and Indiana Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R) said that they would introduce the changes at 9:30 a.m.

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Indiana lawmakers have agreed on changes to the controversial religious freedom bill that will protect gays and lesbians from discrimination, the Indianapolis Star reported on Thursday morning.

According to the Star, the altered legislation will prohibit businesses from using the religious freedom law to defend discrimination against customers on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. However, the law will not make gays and lesbians a protected class under civil rights law. Lawmakers also added protections for gays and lesbians in housing and employment, according to the Star.

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The Indiana pizzeria that made headlines on Wednesday for vowing never to cater a gay wedding decided to close it doors, at least temporarily, due to the backlash over the owner's comments on gay marriage and the Indiana religious freedom law.

TMZ initially reported Wednesday afternoon that Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., shut down, and Fox News confirmed the report Wednesday night on "The Kelly File."

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Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) argued in a brief filed to the Supreme Court last week that his state's ban on gay marriage is not discriminatory because it does not allow gay or straight people to marry people of the same sex.

"Kentucky’s marriage laws treat homosexuals and heterosexuals the same and are facially neutral. Men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, are free to marry persons of the opposite sex under Kentucky law, and men and women, whether heterosexual or homosexual, cannot marry persons of the same sex under Kentucky law," Beshear's lawyer, Leigh Gross Latherow, wrote in the brief.

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