Overview of LGBT law in Indiana in 2023

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Indiana’s GOP legislators are working to roll back LGBT protections

On the one hand, in 2020, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled that the state’s civil rights law protects LGBT individuals from employment discrimination. This was a significant victory for the LGBT community in Indiana.

However, Indiana has a history of passing anti-LGBT legislation. In 2015, Indiana passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which some saw as a license to discriminate against LGBT individuals. The law allows individuals and businesses to claim a religious objection to serving LGBT customers or clients. While the law was later amended to include language prohibiting discrimination, many still see it as discriminatory against the LGBT community.

Indiana has also failed to pass a comprehensive anti-discrimination law that explicitly protects LGBT individuals from discrimination in areas such as housing and public accommodations. This means that in many parts of the state, LGBT individuals can be legally denied housing, employment, or services because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

In summary, while Indiana has taken some steps to protect the rights of LGBT individuals, the state still lacks comprehensive legal protections against discrimination and has a history of passing laws that some see as discriminatory.