2nd northern Indiana city drops gay protection proposals

Members of the LGBT movement hold a gay pride flag during a parade celebration in Managua, Nicaragua, Sunday, June 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

GOSHEN, Ind. (AP) — Officials in the northern Indiana city of Goshen have decided to put off voting on a proposal expanding anti-discrimination protections to include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman says he and City Council members agreed the proposed ordinance won’t be voted on during a Tuesday night council meeting. Kauffman says he worries that public input based on what he calls misinformation will be unduly negative and paint the city as unwelcoming.

The mayor in the nearby city of Elkhart last week asked for council members there to withdraw a similar ordinance drafted following the national uproar over Indiana’s new religious objections law.

The actions in both cities follow an opposition campaign pushed by conservative lobbyist Eric Miller of the Indianapolis-based group Advance America.

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