INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide organization that fought Senate Bill 101, the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act, issued the following statement today after Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill into law in a private ceremony with no media in attendance. The statement can be attributed to Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair.
“This is a sad day for Indiana. Over the past month, Hoosiers who want our state to be open to everyone filled the halls at the Statehouse. We wrote letters and delivered them in person. We called until they stopped answering the phones. We made it clear that this law will only be used to harm other Hoosiers, and that’s not the Indiana way.
“The lawmakers didn’t listen. The Governor didn’t listen.
“They ignored huge job creators and small businesses. They ignored churches and other institutions of faith. They dismissed the idea that a license to discriminate would make us unappealing to visitors and potential residents.
“We’re proud of everything that was done to sound the alarm on this dangerous bill, and we’ll do everything we can to make it clear that our state is not the kind of backward place this law makes us look like. But the damage has been done, and it’s a real shame.”SHARE THIS STORY