Religious objections law takes effect months after uproar


Threats to boycott Indiana over its religious objections law have faded, but the measure that takes effect Wednesday is still casting a cloud over tourism efforts and political campaigns.

At least half a dozen local governments have taken up proposals to add sexual orientation to their anti-discrimination ordinances since Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill in late March. Critics said the measure could have allowed the refusal of services to gays and lesbians.

Indianapolis tourism official Chris Gahl says threats to pull conventions from the city have stopped, but many event planners are still asking questions about the law.

The concerns are expected to carry into the 2016 governor’s race and legislative session. But a legal expert says changes lawmakers made could limit court action over the law.