IN Focus: What’s next after LGBT legislation dies in Senate?

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INDIANAPOLIS (Feb. 7, 2016) - A bill that would have extended civil rights protections to lesbian, gay and bisexual Hoosiers died in the State Senate on Tuesday after Senate Republicans met privately.

“No matter what I do, no matter what I propose, I cannot move these walls that are on the right and left hand because nobody wants to give,” said State Senator Travis Holdman (R – Markle) who authored the bill.

From the beginning, it was a bill that both sides had a hard time saying yes to.

“First of all, I’m very sorry that we couldn’t get it up, but there are just some political realities that you have to deal with in an environment such as this,” said Holdman who pulled the plug on his proposal Tuesday.

In the video above, IndyStar Statehouse reporter Tony Cook talks about the decision not to call the bill on the Senate floor, and the political implications for the lawmakers involved.

“We’ll come back to the drawing board. We’ll try to learn more about the issue. I think people will be better educated at it having gone through this process and we’ll see where it goes,” said Senate President Pro Tem, David Long (R – Fort Wayne).

“There was a way, there is a path. Unfortunately today, we shut the gate on that path; we wanted that path to continue forward,” said Freedom Indiana Campaign Manager, Chris Paulsen, who promised the fight for civil rights would continue.

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