Indiana will soon consider a bill that will implement anti-discrimination measures for LGBT individuals while providing certain exemptions for religious liberty.
Introduced by Republican State Senator Travis Holdman on Tuesday, the new bill will add gender identity and sexual orientation to state antidiscrimination code while including assorted religious liberty exemptions.
According to the bill's synopsis, the proposed legislation will prohibit "discriminatory practices in acquisition or sale of real estate, housing, education, public accommodations, employment, the extending of credit, and public contracts based on military active duty status, sexual orientation, or gender identity." more >>
Perhaps you will cry after reading this heartbreaking note from Amber Byars Wilkinson, the sister of pregnant pastor's wife, Amanda Blackburn, who died after being shot in the head inside her Indiana home last Tuesday.
In a haunting Facebook post just two days after her sister was pronounced dead at a local hospital in Indianapolis, Amber Byars Wilkinson, Amanda's older sister, shared two moving memories about her hero sibling.
The first memory was about the birth of her nephew, Amanda's son, Weston, on July 28, 2014. more >>
Speaking publicly for the first time since his pregnant wife, Amanda, was fatally shot in the head inside their home in Indianapolis last Tuesday, Resonate Church Pastor Davey Black said he is "confused" because his wife "didn't have an enemy in the world."
"It's really hard to sort through all of the emotions of what we're feeling about all this," Blackburn told ABC News. "We're confused. We don't understand why. We're angry. We're not really sure what to do."
"Amanda didn't have an enemy in the world. I can't imagine any reason why. That's why this has baffled us as much as anybody," he said. more >>
Police in Indianapolis have released two still photos of a suspect they believe is responsible for the murder of a pregnant 28-year-old pastor's wife last Tuesday.
Amanda Blackburn, the beloved wife of Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church in Indianapolis was shot in the head during a home invasion on Nov. 10. She succumbed to her injuries the following day along with her 13-week-old unborn daughter, Everette "Evie" Grace Blackburn.
Investigators told NBC Chicago that the still images are from home video surveillance cameras. The photos show the suspect in a hoodie and police Capt. Craig Converse said at a news conference Friday that the suspect is black and is between 5-foot-6 and 5-foot-9 inches tall. more >>
Amanda Blackburn, the 28-year-old pregnant wife of Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church who was murdered inside the couple's home in Indianapolis last Tuesday, was expecting a girl.
Resonate Church made the revelation on a memorial page on its website this weekend noting that Amanda's unborn daughter was named Everette "Evie" Grace.
Reports from WKRN and the Indy Star said more than 2,000 people, including Republican Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, turned up at Traders Point Church to celebrate Amanda's life at her funeral. People reportedly sang, prayed and listened to stories reminiscing her life while encouraging her surviving family members. more >>
As police in Indianapolis grapple to find the suspected burglar who killed his pregnant wife Tuesday morning while he was away from home at the gym, Pastor Davey Blackburn of Resonate Church told his followers Friday morning that there will be church as usual on Sunday.
"I cannot thank you enough for the unbelievable outpouring of love that you have shared with my family over the past few days. As many of you know, my wife Amanda Grace and our unborn baby have been tragically killed," said Blackburn in a message on his church's Facebook page Friday.
"We are going to have church this Sunday, just like we always do. In addition to meeting together at our normal service times, we are going to focus on celebrating Amanda's life later Sunday afternoon. Please join me at Traders Point Christian Church at 5 p.m. We are going to worship, share the Gospel through sharing Amanda's story, laugh together and cry together," he continued. more >>