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.

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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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The coaches of University of Connecticut's basketball team will not attend the Final Four games in Indianapolis this week due to Indiana's controversial religious freedom law that may allow discrimination against gay people.

Although University of Connecticut did not make the Final Four, head coach Kevin Ollie and his assistant coaches were set to attend the National Association of Basketball Coaches convention in Indianapolis. Since the university receives state funding, the school's president had to abide by Gov. Dan Malloy's (D) ban on state funded travel to Indiana, according to the Hartford Courant.

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