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My Son Means the World to Me Sheila York
Purdue University Faculty Senate votes to oppose RFRA April 23, 2015

Purdue FacultyThe Purdue University Faculty Senate passed a resolution condemning the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) signed into law on March 26 by Governor Mike Pence.

Passing with a landslide vote of 52 to 4, the resolution reads: “We believe State Enrolled Act 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, will harm our ability to recruit and retain students, staff and faculty. The University believes that diversity among its many members strengthens the institution, stimulates creativity, promotes the exchange of ideas, and enriches campus life.”

Purdue University is routinely highly revered by the U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges and by the QS World University Rankings for distinguished undergraduate programs. Purdue University’s programs in engineering, education and business continue to be ranked among the best in the country in U.S. News & World Report’s graduate school rankings, and the Purdue College of Engineering is ranked by the U.S. News & World Report as number nine in the country.

The vote took place three weeks after the March 26th signing of RFRA into law. RFRA originally allowed businesses and individuals to discriminate against gay and transgender Hoosiers under the guise of religion. However, after public backlash from major companies and organizations as well as national media attention, the legislature decided to amend the bill to not undermine non-discrimination ordinances in place in certain cities and municipalities in the state.

Although the legislature’s fix to the RFRA is a step in the right direction, we still need to take action and free our state of discrimination once and for all. Urge your legislators now to pass a statewide non-discrimination bill!