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Freedom Indiana holds more meetings on bias December 1, 2015 Source: NWI Times

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Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization fighting to update existing Indiana laws against discrimination to include gay and transgender Hoosiers, announced Monday a second series of community meetings that will take place across Indiana over the next three weeks.

Valparaiso will host a meeting from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Reiner Community Center, 501 Union St.

The first series of meetings took place in October and included events in Indianapolis, Evansville, Lafayette and Fort Wayne.

The meetings are intended to educate local residents about the need to update the state’s civil rights law to include gay and transgender people and to generate support for that effort at the Statehouse, where it will be debated in the upcoming legislative session.

Freedom Indiana spokeswoman Jennifer Wagner said the meetings are critically important to their success as a grassroots campaign.

“Freedom Indiana has been a statewide presence for two years, and we draw our strength from our base of tens of thousands of supporters who want Indiana to be a safe, welcoming place for all people,” she said. “Getting into local communities and educating and engaging with Hoosiers gives us the opportunity to explain why we need to update our civil rights law because right now it’s legal in Indiana to fire someone or deny them service or housing because of who they are or whom they love. We look forward to having that conversation in Northwest Indiana later this month.”

In addition to Valparaiso, meetings will be held in Columbus, Indianapolis, Bloomington and Terre Haute.