States plan renewed debate on LGBT rights, religious freedom

FILE - In this March 28, 2015, file photo, opponents of an Indiana religious objections law rally outside the State House in Indianapolis. An intense debate over gay rights already is shaping up in Indiana, where a religious-rights law passed last spring thrust the state into the national spotlight over concerns it could sanction discrimination against gays and lesbians. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler, File)JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — With same-sex marriage now legal nationwide, lawmakers in numerous states are preparing for a new round of battles in 2016 over whether to grant discrimination protections to LGBT people or religious exemptions to nonprofits and businesses that object to gay marriage.

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