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LGBT Rights Group Petitions Holcomb To Push For LGBT Protections

Freedom Indiana Campaign Manager Chris Paulsen delivers petitions to Governor-elect Eric Holcomb at the Statehouse. The petitions urge Holcomb to push for LGBT civil rights protections.

LGBT rights group Freedom Indiana wants Governor-elect Eric Holcomb to push for anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers.

The group delivered more than 6,000 petitions and letters to Holcomb, urging him to act.

During the gubernatorial campaign, Holcomb said LGBT rights were not a focus of his because there was no agreement on the issue.

House Speaker Brian Bosma says LGBT rights is an issue in which there’s no political middle ground.

“People in Indiana feel very strongly about some of these core issues and they don’t agree on them today,” Bosma says. “So to force a solution that makes one side or the other side a winner or loser is a very difficult situation and probably not right for Hoosiers.”

Freedom Indiana campaign manager Chris Paulsen says she knows LGBT rights are unlikely in 2017.

“We know it’s a long shot – this is a long game and we will continue educating Hoosiers,” Paulsen says.

In a statement, Holcomb spokesperson Pete Seat says LGBT rights will not be part of the governor-elect’s 2017 agenda. Instead, Seat says Holcomb’s focus is on the economic and community development and education.

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