In Indiana, LGBT rights remain divisive

HANOI, VIETNAM - AUGUST 02: A vietnamese man dances as he holds a rainbow flag during the fourth gay pride parade on August 2, 2015 in Hanoi, Vietnam. Hundreds of demonstrators march through the streets of the Vietnamese capital urging an end to discrimination against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community as homosexuality remains a taboo in Vietnam.  (Photo by Borja Sanchez-Trillo/Getty Images)

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 concerns.

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

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