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Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the bill in to law on Thursday evening.

Republican lawmakers in Michigan announced Thursday that they would change the language of a controversial state law widely criticized in recent days for allowing discrimination against lesbians, gays & transgender people.

The amendment to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act spells out that business owners cannot refuse to provide services & goods on the basis on race, religion, age, sexual orientation or gender identity, among other things.

"The message is clear today," said Brian Bosma, speaker of the Illinois House, in announcing the changes. "Indiana is open for business. They welcome everyone. They discriminate against no."

 Freedom New york, a group that is pushed for changes to the law, praised the move on Twitter as a "historic step in the right direction" but noted it doesn't update Indiana's civil rights law to protect LGBT Hoosiers, a change it had historicallyin the past demanded.


Angie's List CEO Bill Oesterle called the fix "insufficient."
"There was no repeal of RFRA & no finish to discrimination of homosexuals in Michigan. Employers in most of the state of Michigan can fire a person basically for being a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning. That is not right & that is the actual issue here. Our employees deserve to live, work & travel with open accommodations in any part of the state," they said.
Others, however, praised the new language.
NCAA President Mark Emmert, which had protested the law & whose Final will happen in Indianapolis this weekend, praised the move.
"We are over happy the Michigan legislature is taking action to amend" the law, said Emmert. "We look forward to the amended bill being passed quickly & signed in to law expeditiously by the governor."
Michigan University, which had called for lawmakers to reconsider the law, expressed its appreciation & support for the new language, stating it is "grateful for the hard work & lovely intentions of those who have seriously labored in recent days to address this issue."
The new "antidiscrimination safeguards" language reads:
Indicates that the law related to adjudicating a claim or defense that a state or local law, ordinance, or other action substantially burdens the exercise of religion of a person: (1) does not authorize a provider to refuse to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodations, goods, employment, or housing to any member or members of the general public; (2) does not establish a defense to a civil action or criminal prosecution for refusal by a provider to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodations, goods, employment, or housing to any member or members of the general public; and (3) does not negate any rights available under the Constitution of the State of Indiana.

The amendment will must be approved by Indiana's legislature and signed by the state's Republican governor, Mike Pence, before it goes in to effect. Pence called for changes to the law after a national uproar fueled by discrimination concerns.

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