Tag Archives: Indiana

INDIANA: CrossFit Executive Fired After Gym Cancels LGBT Pride-Themed Workout For “Celebrating Sin”

Indianapolis’ ABC affiliate reports: An Indianapolis CrossFit gym has closed its doors after intense backlash over a canceled pride-themed workout. A note left on the door by the management of CrossFit Infiltrate, located on W. 9th Street along the Indy Canal, says they will “no longer operate” at the current location. Several workers and members have left the gym after ...

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INDIANA: Mike Pence’s Brother Wins House Primary

The Associated Press reports: Greg Pence has won the Republican primary for an Indiana congressional seat his younger brother, Vice President Mike Pence, once held for a dozen years. He defeated four others Tuesday in the 6th District race, including Muncie businessman Jonathan Lamb. He’d argued that Greg Pence merely relied on his prominent name and dodged debates. Pence raised ...

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INDIANA: Anti-Gay Pizza Shop Closes After 2015 Furor For Refusing To Cater Imaginary Same-Sex Wedding

The South Bend Tribune reports: Memories Pizza, the shop that became embroiled in the national debate over religious and civil rights and touched off a national media firestorm in 2015, has closed. A sign in the front window of the pizza shop says it was shuttered last month. Owners Kevin and Crystal O’Connor were the focus of intense criticism and ...

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Mike Pence’s Hometown To See First LGBT Pride Parade

The Indianapolis Star reports: The face painting, rainbow S’mores on a stick and drag performances planned for Columbus, Indiana’s first gay pride festival are for fun. But organizers hope the April 14 event also will send a message of inclusiveness from the hometown of Vice President Pence, who has a long record of being on the opposite side of issues ...

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INDIANA: Evangelical Pastor Charged With Molesting Little Girls After Luring Them With Candy [VIDEO]

WIBC News reports: A Rush County pastor, accused of molesting three young members of his congregation. 72-year-old Garry Evans, pastor of Baptist Temple in Rushville, faces three counts of child molesting, four counts of sexual battery, and five counts of child solicitation. Court documents show that an investigation into Evans began September 4, when a three-year-old girl reported an encounter ...

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INDIANA: Obergefell Attorney Launches US House Bid

One of the lawyers who represented the Kentucky plaintiffs in the Obergefell case is running for the US House. The Indianapolis Star reports: A prominent local civil rights lawyer announced this week that he will challenge incumbent Rep. Trey Hollingsworth for his seat in Indiana’s 9th Congressional District in 2018. Dan Canon, a Louisville lawyer who is best known for ...

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ICE Deports Husband Of Vocal Trump Fan [VIDEO]

CNN reports: Helen Beristain voted for Donald Trump even though she is married to an undocumented immigrant. In November, she thought Trump would deport only people with criminal records — people he called “bad hombres” — and that he would leave families intact. “I don’t think ICE is out there to detain anyone and break families, no,” Beristain told CNN ...

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REPORT: Mike Pence Used Private AOL Email Account To Conduct State Business While Indiana Governor

The Indianapolis Star reports: Vice President Mike Pence routinely used a private email account to conduct public business as governor of Indiana, at times discussing sensitive matters and homeland security issues. Emails released to IndyStar in response to a public records request show Pence communicated via his personal AOL account with top advisers on topics ranging from security gates at ...

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INDIANAPOLIS: Police Charge Man With Threatening To “Shoot Everyone” At Local Gay Bar “Like In Orlando”

The Indy Channel reports: Before walking into Downtown Olly’s bar Sunday night, Indiana State Police say Brandon Savage called them, saying he was “getting ready to go into a gay bar and shoot everyone. It’s going to be like Orlando.” According to a probable cause affidavit, Savage told police he was armed with a Glock, a Derringer and a machete. ...

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Carrier: We’re Still Sending 1300 Jobs To Mexico

Via Mediaite: “While this announcement is good news for many, we recognize it is not good news for everyone,” says a letter sent by Carrier to its employees in the wake of the deal set up by Donald Trump that will prevent them from outsourcing some 800 jobs to Mexico. About 1300 Indiana-based jobs are still heading south of the ...

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Pence Spox: He Never Supported Ex-Gay Torture

The New York Times reports: Since Gov. Mike Pence was chosen as Donald J. Trump’s running mate in July, he has faced complaints from groups critical of his record on gay and transgender rights, who said he has long been an opponent of the gains made by the L.G.B.T. community in recent years. Mr. Pence has been particularly dogged by ...

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Don Lemon Shoots Down Whining Trump Surrogate: Mike Pence Does NOT Love Gay People [VIDEO]

Via Raw Story: The booing of Vice President-elect Mike Pence at a Friday night performance of the hit Broadway musical ‘Hamilton’ immediately became talk show fodder the same evening, with CNN host Don Lemon patiently explaining to an agitated Kayleigh McEnany the animus gay people feel towards the former Indiana governor. After panelist Angela Rye reminded McEnany that the show’s ...

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INDIANA: Haters Win First Battle To Overturn Local LGBT Rights Ordinances And Legalize Discrimination

The Indianapolis Star reports: Conservatives overcame the first hurdle in their lawsuit that aims to overturn the “fix” to Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and four city ordinances that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination. In an order issued Wednesday, Hamilton Superior Judge Steven R. Nation rejected claims from the cities of Indianapolis, Carmel, Bloomington and Columbus ...

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Vice President-Elect Mike Pence Sues To Hide His Emails

Politico reports: Vice President-elect Mike Pence is seeking to keep secret the contents of an email relating to Indiana’s participation, at his behest, in a lawsuit to block President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration. Pence’s administration brought in an outside law firm to join the litigation, which was spearheaded by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot. The move prompted one Indianapolis ...

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Stephen Colbert Rips Mike Pence On His Nasty Anti-LGBT Views And #ThatMexicanThing [VIDEO]

Entertainment Weekly recaps: It took a little while, but Tuesday’s vice presidential debate eventually created an internet meme: “That Mexican thing.” The words were uttered by Republican candidate Mike Pence after his opponent, Democratic candidate Tim Kaine, brought up GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump’s infamous comment about Mexican immigrants for a fourth time during the debate. The comment was quickly ...

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Rachel Maddow Laments Missed Debate Opportunity To Hit Mike Pence On His Anti-LGBT Views [VIDEO]

During MSNBC’s post-debate analysis, Rachel Maddow lamented that Tim Kaine failed to confront Mike Pence on his history of supporting virulently anti-LGBT policies, including his demand that “gay cure” funding be attached to an HIV/AIDS bill. As you surely recall, Pence opposed the repeal of DADT, opposed same-sex marriage, and signed a bill that would have permitted Indiana businesses to ...

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INDIANA: Woman Cites Mike Pence’s RFRA Law In Defense For Beating Her 7 Year-Old Son With Hanger

The Chicago Tribune reports: The attorney for a woman charged with child abuse for allegedly beating her son with a coat hanger says Indiana’s religious objections law gives her the right to discipline her children according to her evangelical Christian beliefs. Kihn Par Thaing, 30, of Indianapolis was arrested in February on felony abuse and neglect charges after a teacher ...

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INDIANA: Lafayette City Council Unanimously Approves Transgender Rights In Preliminary Vote

The Lafayette Journal-Courier reports: Twenty-three years after Lafayette adopted anti-discrimination protections for gays and lesbians, city council members Monday night unanimously said they were ready to defend the transgender population with similar protections based on gender identity. Dressed largely in green, the color of the transgender movement, supporters of an amended Human Relations Ordinance overcame concerns by several pastors, who ...

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INDIANA: Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb Tapped To Run For Governor In Place Of Mike Pence

Politico reports: Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb will be Indiana Republicans’ new candidate for governor after winning a majority vote from the state GOP central committee Tuesday. Holcomb, a career political operative who just became lieutenant governor in March, replaces current Gov. Mike Pence on the ballot. Pence withdrew from his reelection race several weeks ago, after Donald Trump tapped him ...

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Clinton Campaign Slams “Anti-LGBT” Mike Pence: He’s The Most Extreme VP Pick In A Generation [VIDEO]

Via press release from Hillary For America: “By picking Mike Pence as his running mate, Donald Trump has doubled down on some of his most disturbing beliefs by choosing an incredibly divisive and unpopular running mate known for supporting discriminatory politics and failed economic policies that favor millionaires and corporations over working families,” said John Podesta, chair of Hillary for ...

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