Julia Craven, Indiana Senate Says Yes To Faith-Based Hiring By State Contractors, The Huffington Post

On Tuesday, the Indiana state Senate voted 39-11 in favor of a bill to explicitly permit religious discrimination in hiring by some organizations that contract with the state.

Under the legislation, which would amend non-discrimination rules for state contractors, such organizations could “give a preference in employment” to people of a particular faith. They could also require all employees to “conform to the religious tenets of the organization.”

The bill appears to be confined to state contractors with strong religious ties, such as certain schools and hospitals. State Sen. Travis Holdman (R), who wrote the measure, pointed in particular to Indiana Wesleyan University, an evangelical Christian institution, according to The Indianapolis Star.