Evangelical group dismisses survey on objections law

FILE - This July 30, 2016 file photo people dressed as gaming characters as they take the escalator in the convention hall at the Gen Con gaming convention in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)
FILE – This July 30, 2016 file photo people dressed as gaming characters as they take the escalator in the convention hall at the Gen Con gaming convention in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An evangelical group says a report indicating Indiana lost $60 million in tourism because of the uproar over a religious objections law obscures the fact that the economy is doing well.

Micah Clark of the American Family Association of Indiana says the impact of 12 conventions moving to other cities as a result of the law has been overblown. Clark says the loss of $60 million is unfortunate, but it’s a small fraction of the state’s overall economy.

The Associated Press first reported Monday the results of the Visit Indy survey. The organization polled conventions that chose other locations after the law that critics said sanctioned discrimination against gay people.

The Republican-backed law drew a national backlash. Some changes were made, but critics say the law doesn’t go far enough to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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