Indiana Senate Will Not Vote on Bill to Protect Gay Rights

Indiana Senate Will Not Vote on Bill to Protect Gay Rights
Senate President Pro Tem David C. Long, R-Fort Wayne, discusses the GOP-sponsored bill that would extend civil rights protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and would also repeal most of last year's controversial religious objections law, during a press conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. AP Photo/Michael Conroy
Indiana Senate Will Not Vote on Bill to Protect Gay Rights
Senate President Pro Tem David C. Long, R-Fort Wayne, discusses the GOP-sponsored bill that would extend civil rights protections to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people and would also repeal most of last year's controversial religious objections law, during a press conference at the Statehouse in Indianapolis, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016. AP Photo/Michael Conroy

Indiana Senate Will Not Vote on Bill to Protect Gay Rights

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The sponsor of the Indiana Senate's bill to extend anti-discrimination protections to lesbian, gay and bisexual people is pulling the proposal from consideration, dealing a serious blow to efforts to pass legislation this year.

Republican Sen. Travis Holman said Tuesday he was disappointed but realized there wasn't enough support for the bill to win approval.

The measure that cleared a Senate committee last week was criticized by Democrats and LGBT rights activists for not including transgender people. It also faced opposition from religious conservatives who believed it still required services for same-sex marriages even if they had religious objections.

Indiana faced a national backlash last year after the Legislature passed a religious objections law that critics said allowed discrimination against gay and lesbian people. The law was later revised.