Both sides remain divided on LGBT rights ahead of session

Scott Spychala waves a rainbow flag outside the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis, Friday, June 26, 2015 after the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the US. The court's 5-4 ruling means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Advocates on both sides of the debate over the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents remain divided ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

Lawmakers sought recommendations at a Tuesday hearing. It followed failed efforts last session when Indiana drew opposition to a religious objections law critics said would lead to discrimination against gay people.

Advocates of LGBT rights want to make it illegal to deny housing, jobs or service because of sexual orientation or gender. Opponents say that’d deny their religious rights by forcing them to condone same-sex marriage.

Testimony centered on public bathrooms use.

Korvin Bothwell, a transgender man, says transgender people want public bathroom access like anyone else and he hasn’t had problems.

Opponents have questioned safety.

Janet Smith, who’s Christian, says her rights are being eroded.

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