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Freedom Indiana on the passage of Senate Bill 344 out of the Senate Rules Committee January 28, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization fighting to update existing Indiana laws against discrimination to include gay and transgender people, released the following statement on the passage of Senate Bill 344 out of the Senate Rules Committee this evening. The committee voted 7-5 to send the bill to the full Senate after cutting off testimony from a number of LGBT Hoosiers as well as business and faith leaders.

The statement can be attributed to Freedom Indiana campaign manager Chris Paulsen.

“Lawmakers still aren’t listening. Tonight, they took a bad bill and made it worse for LGBT people in our state who have to live each day in fear that they could be fired, denied housing or turned away from a public place for who they are.

“Senate Bill 344 continues to fall far short of ending legal discrimination against LGBT people in our state. As amended, it repeals the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act but replaces it with substandard protections that omit transgender people entirely and provide religious carveouts that undermine the very purpose of the civil rights law. We will continue to work with lawmakers to fix this bill, but we are disappointed that they have not made the substantive changes we know a majority of Hoosiers want to make our state open and welcoming to all people.