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Gay Marriage Battle, Tax Cuts Highlight Indiana Legislative Session

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A broad package of business tax cuts, a preschool pilot program and new money for transportation are headed to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence's desk after state lawmakers who fought bitterly early in the session over gay marriage found consensus on the final day of the 2014 legislature.The Indiana General Assembly worked into Thursday night to wrap up its session and deliver some of Pence's top priorities.Extensive negotiations preceded last-minute approval of preschool funding for some low-income children, $400 million for road construction and the business tax cut package.The end of the session was a marked departure from its beginning, when emotional debates over a proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage divided lawmakers and brought hundreds of protesters to the Statehouse.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.