Activist Says Religious Law Changes Hurts Protections

       INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ A prominent conservative lobbyist says the proposed changes to Indiana's religious objections law will remove protections from businesses in the state.
       Advance America Director Eric Miller told a legislative committee Thursday that he opposed the changes because Indiana business owners wouldn't have as much legal protection as those in the other states with such laws.
       Miller has faced criticism from gay rights activists over his website postings that the law would help protect Christian businesses from being compelled to provide services for same-sex marriages. Miller attended the private bill signing by Gov. Mike Pence last week.
       Miller says the law would give equal protections to people of all faiths and that nobody should have to compromise their religious beliefs by providing a service to avoid penalties from the government.