INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A measure designed to restore Indiana Wesleyan
University's workforce training contract with the state unexpectedly
raised debate in a General Assembly already energized by this year's gay
Rep. Eric Turner proposed amending Indiana's civil rights law to allow
religious institutions doing business with the state to employ people
based in part on their religious affiliation.
Turner filed the
measure shortly after the state rejected a longstanding workforce training
contract with Wesleyan. A lawyer with the attorney general's office
determined language allowing the Christian university to hire in part
based on religion violated state law.
narrowly passed the House Ways and Means Committee Monday but Republican
House Speaker Brian Bosma spiked the measure shortly after the issue
erupted into a heated religion debate on Twitter.