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How This Openly Gay Student Body President Helped Foster LGBT Inclusion at Notre Dame Bryan Ricketts • Notre Dame
Freedom Indiana Partners with Open for Service to Pass LGBT Inclusive Non-Discrimination Bill September 21, 2015

Today, we are proud to announce a strategic partnership with Open for Service in the fight to secure an update to Indiana’s civil rights law to include discrimination protections for gay and transgender people in housing, employment and public accommodations like restaurants, shopping malls, and stadiums.

OpenTogether TwitterSince the signing of the economically devastating Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), we’ve been doubling down on the work of protecting gay and transgender Hoosiers from discrimination on the basis of who they are or who they love.

Partnering with Open for Service is part of these increased efforts.

After fallout from RFRA, Open for Service was founded to mobilize a coalition of businesses who want to publicly declare that they are open to serve any and all Hoosiers. Today, more than 5,000 businesses have registered in solidarity. Many Hoosiers may recognize their “Open for Service for Everyone” stickers at many of their favorite local spots.

Chris Paulsen, our campaign manager, says of the partnership:

Our grassroots voices along with the voices of so many small and medium-sized business owners and employees send a powerful message that we need to update this law to protect our friends and neighbors and grow our economy.

As we work with Open for Service to double our coalition members to at least 10,000 small and medium sized businesses in the next 3 months, we hope that lawmakers take note – updating Indiana’s discrimination law to include protections for gay and transgender people is a must-do in 2016.

Click here to find out more about Open for Service and if you own a business, sign up today!