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The 2019 legislative session has officially come to an end, and lawmakers’ attempts to address a number of education issues are receiving mixed reviews.

The student section of the stands was filled with rainbow flags, face paint and t-shirts at the football game Friday between Roncalli and Southport high schools.

A private religious school’s plan to terminate a guidance counselor’s job for her marriage to a woman is throwing the state’s voucher system into the spotlight once again. The school received more than $1.5 million through school vouchers last year.

Roncalli High School guidance counselor says she may lose her job after administrators found out she is married to a woman.

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The vast majority of House Republicans dismissed a Democratic amendment Thursday that would’ve barred employment discrimination against the LGBT community. 

The Democrats’ efforts to keep the LGBT debate alive took the form of an amendment on the House floor to a bill on workforce policies.  The proposed provision would have barred LGBT discrimination in the workplace via hiring, benefits, scheduling and working conditions. 

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Governor Pence says he's reached no conclusions about legislation to extend civil rights protections to gays and lesbians.

Both parties in the Senate have introduced civil rights bills.

Democrats' bill simply adds sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes.

Pence echoes Senate Republicans, who say protection needs to be paired with safeguards for religious beliefs, but says he's still studying the issue, including the Republican bill which seeks to write both protections into state law.

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More than 150 businesses from around the state are joining forces to advocate for LGBT rights this coming legislative session. 

Indiana Competes announced its formation less than a month ago and since then, the group has collected pledges from some of Indiana’s biggest names – Eli Lilly, Cummins, Anthem, AT&T, and Salesforce.  Salesforce Marketing Cloud CEO Scott McCorkle says the Hoosier State’s future success depends on attracting the best possible workforce.

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The legislative debate over LGBT rights next year is likely to focus more than ever before on the "T" in that phrase.

Until now, the statehouse LGBT debate has centered on gay marriage, pushing transgender Hoosiers to the periphery. With the 2016 focus on a broader anti-discrimination bill, civil rights group Freedom Indiana has kicked off its push for the law with a roster of speakers drawn entirely from the transgender community.

Senate Republicans Unveil GOP Anti-Discrimination Bill

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Senate Republicans Tuesday unveiled the details of legislation they say strikes a balance between protecting the LGBT community from discrimination and ensuring Hoosiers’ religious freedom.  

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Indiana Senate Democrats have unveiled what they call a simple and powerful approach to enshrine lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender non-discrimination language in the state’s civil rights statute. 

The Senate Democrats’ proposal essentially adds four words to the list of people protected by the state civil rights law: “sexual orientation and gender identity.”

Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) says doing so would fulfill a fundamental Hoosier value that all people deserve equal protection under the law.