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Apr 13, 2015

Masters win could boost golf, Jordan Spieth’s endorsement portfolio

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Golf wunderkind Jordan Spieth’s resounding win at the Masters golf tournament on Sunday not only will boost his personal sponsorship deals but could give the sport a much-needed jolt.

Spieth had already amassed an impressive list of endorsements before the Masters, including AT&T Inc, Rolex and Under Armour Inc, which signed a multi-year deal with Spieth in January.

Apr 2, 2015

Indianapolis in crisis mode after tourism hit by religious bill

April 2 (Reuters) – The rainbow flag, a symbol of gay
rights, flies prominently on the Visit Indy website and
Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence personally phoned the
head of a Seattle company that gathers 56,000 gaming nerds in
the heartland each year.

These are just some of the signs that Indianapolis, a corn
belt city of 850,000 with a $4.4 billion tourism industry, has
gone into full-on damage control to make sure its growing
convention business is not harmed by a national uproar over a
religious bill that Pence signed into law last week.

Apr 2, 2015

Indianapolis in crisis mode to keep nerd, gay visitors

By Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – The rainbow flag, a symbol of gay rights, flies prominently on the Visit Indy website and Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence personally phoned the head of a Seattle gaming company that gathers 56,000 nerds in the heartland each year.

These are just some of the signs that Indianapolis, a corn belt city of 850,000 with a $4.4 billion tourism industry, has gone into full-on damage control to make sure its growing convention business is not harmed by a national uproar over a religious bill that Pence signed into law last week.

Apr 1, 2015

Indiana Republicans meet with LGBT groups seeking fix to law

By Fiona Ortiz and Jon Herskovitz

(Reuters) – Republican lawmakers in Indiana were meeting with gay and lesbian groups on Wednesday as they rushed to re-craft a potentially discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act that sparked national outrage.

The rewritten law could be ready as early as Thursday, said Tory Flynn, spokeswoman for Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma.

Apr 1, 2015

U.S. corporations pressure two states accused of curbing gay rights

March 31 (Reuters) – Arkansas lawmakers passed a Religious
Freedom Restoration Act on Tuesday that critics said would allow
businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians, drawing a swift
demand from Wal-Mart Stores Inc for the governor to veto the
bill.

Arkansas followed Indiana, which passed a similar act last
week. They are the first to do so since same-sex marriage became
legal in many states last year. Corporations have criticized the
measures.

Apr 1, 2015

Indiana governor vows to ‘fix’ law assailed for curbing gay rights

By Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike Pence, responding to national outrage over the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act, said on Tuesday he will “fix” it to make clear businesses cannot use the law to deny services to same-sex couples.

Pence, in a news conference, said the law he signed last week had been unfairly “smeared” but he called on the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly to come up with clarifications this week.

Mar 31, 2015

Indiana governor says will ‘fix’ religious freedom law

March 31 (Reuters) – Indiana’s Republican Governor Mike
Pence, responding to national outrage over the state’s new
Religious Freedom Restoration Act, said on Tuesday he will “fix”
it to make clear businesses cannot use it to deny services to
same-sex couples.

Pence, in a news conference, said the law he signed last
week had been widely mischaracterized and “smeared” but he
called on the state’s Republican-controlled General Assembly to
send a new law to his desk this week to fix it.

Mar 31, 2015

Indiana governor says will ‘fix’ religious freedom law this week

By Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence said on Tuesday he
will “correct” the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act
this week to make it clear that businesses cannot use it to deny
services to same-sex couples.

Pence, a Republican, said the law he signed last week had
been widely misconstrued and mischaracterized, but he said he
was calling on the state’s Republican-controlled General
Assembly to send a new law to his desk this week to fix it.

Mar 31, 2015

Indiana governor to hold news conference on religious freedom law

By Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – Indiana Governor Mike Pence will hold a news conference on Tuesday to discuss the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which was condemned by business leaders and Democrats who say it could lead to discrimination against gays.

The news conference will be at 11 a.m. EDT, the governor’s office said in a brief advisory.

Mar 30, 2015

Indiana to clarify ‘religious freedom’ law, Georgia, North Carolina bills stall

By Fiona Ortiz

(Reuters) – Indiana Republicans pledged on Monday to clarify a new “religious freedom” law, while similar proposals stalled in Georgia and North Carolina after businesses and activists said such measures could be used to discriminate against gays.

Arkansas lawmakers, however, signaled they would move forward with a similar law, even after Indiana was rebuked by companies and executives including Wal-Mart Stores Inc, Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook, and Eli Lilly and Co.

    • About Fiona

      "Fiona Ortiz is a general news correspondent for Reuters Americas based in Chicago and covering the Midwest. Previously, she was Reuters' chief correspondent in Madrid, where she covered political and economic news and ran a bureau of some 25 correspondents who wrote about everything from the debt crisis to sports. Fiona has been with Reuters since 1996 and has had assignments in Guatemala, Mexico, Chile and Argentina."
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