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Butler president says religious objections law ill-conceived

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The president of Butler University in Indianapolis has issued a statement calling Indiana’s religious objections law is ill-conceived and saying some of those who advanced the bill have allowed their personal or political agendas to supersede the best interests of Indiana and its people.

Butler President James Danko said Sunday that no matter what a person’s opinion of the law is, it is hard to argue with the fact the law has done significant damage to Indiana. Danko says the university reaffirms its longstanding commitment to reject discrimination and create an environment open to everyone.

Gov. Mike Pence defended the new state law that has been criticized by some over concerns it could foster discrimination against gays and lesbians. He says it wasn’t a mistake to pass the law.

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