Religious objections bill backer Schneider not running again

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  (September 12, 2015) — One of the primary sponsors of the Indiana religious objections bill that caused a national uproar says he won’t seek re-election next year.

Republican state Sen. Scott Schneider of Indianapolis announced Saturday he won’t seek a third term because he needs to focus his energy on his family’s ice business.

Schneider says he’ll remain active behind the scenes, speaking out for conservative principles, and possibly seek elective office again in the future.

The passage of the religious objections measure earlier this year led some groups to cancel meetings scheduled for Indiana before lawmakers quickly passed another bill to address criticism that the law would allow religious beliefs as a legal defense for discrimination against lesbians, gays and others. The state hired a public relations firm to help rebuild its image.

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