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

The Indiana pizzeria that was forced to close following backlash over the owners' comments on gay marriage and the Indiana religious freedom law will reopen sometime soon.

In an interview that aired this week, the owner's daughter, Chrystal O'Connor, said that Memories Pizza in Walkerton, Ind., would not cater a gay wedding due to the family's religious beliefs. Following outcry over O'Connor's comments, critics of the Indiana law flooded the pizzeria's Yelp page with negative reviews and inundated the restaurant with phone calls, pushing the owners to shut down the restaurant.

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Fox News host Bill O'Reilly on Thursday brought on conservative pundit Ann Coulter to lament the lack of leadership by Christians in defending the Indiana religious freedom law altered by lawmakers on Thursday.

The Fox host opened "The O'Reilly Factor" by discussing the "war on Christianity." He mentioned the al-Shabab attack targeting Christians an a college on Kenya on Thursday, and then noted the "verbal attacks" on Christians in the United States.

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Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff said on Wednesday that he has offered relocation packages to multiple employees who have requested to be transferred out of Indiana due to the controversial religious freedom law.

"I just got an email on the way to studio from another employee who said, 'Look I don't feel comfortable living in this state anymore, you have to move me out,' and I gave him a $50,000 relocation package and said, 'Great, you're clear to go,'" Benioff told CNN on Wednesday.

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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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