Network Indiana, Senate GOP Leader: RFRA Was ‘A Good Thing’ For Indiana, Indiana Public Media

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, says the RFRA battle was ultimately a good thing for the Hoosier State.

He says the ordeal made lawmakers more sensitive to issues involving the LGBT community.

“It’s on the front burner as far as discussions about where we go from here, and I don’t want to make predictions, but I think that was a good thing for our state to go through,” Long says.

However, Long maintains the original legislation did not discriminate against gays and lesbians, and he says discrimination was never the intent.

“My takeaway is I think we have to do a better job of saying that religious liberty and individual rights can co-exist in harmony without anyone’s rights being trampled on,” he says.

Long says he thinks lawmakers succeeded in reversing what might have become long term, negative perceptions about Indiana.

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