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Sacramento Church Boycotts Indiana

Arden Christian Church

Arden Christian Church

Even though a controversial Indiana law was changed Thursday, one Sacramento church says its boycott of the Hoosier state still stands.  

Critics said the original law left the door open for discrimination against people in the gay community and other minorities.

Pastor Michael Hamm is with the Arden Christian Church. He says the church and other members of the Christian Church Disciples of Christ will not hold their 2017 convention in Indiana as previously planned.

"It was the sense that, under the name of faith, under the name of things that are supposed to give life and give health and give joy and promote justice, there was this sort of out for folks to say, "No, this community isn't welcome or this other community isn't welcome.'"

Hamm says Indianapolis would have been ideal for the convention. The church's headquarters are there.
"The idea that they would intentionally go out of their way to exclude certain categories of people we felt was just not defensible from a justice point of view."

Thursday, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed an amendment to the controversial "Religious Freedom Restoration Act."

The addition to the law now offers protection from discrimination.

Governor of Arkansas Asa Hutchinson signed a similar amendment to a similar law.

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