INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization opposed to Indiana’s so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” issued the following statement in response to the legislative “fix” announced today after a week of intense local and national scrutiny of the law.
The statement can be attributed to campaign manager Katie Blair.
NOTE TO LOCAL MEDIA: Freedom Indiana will be available for comment today at 10 a.m. EDT in the Indiana Statehouse Rotunda.
“The changes proposed by the Legislature represent a step in the right direction that takes us closer to achieving our goal of passing the Fairness for All Hoosiers Act.
“Today, the harm has been lessened, but we have not reached the day when LGBT Hoosiers can be assured that they can live their lives with freedom from discrimination.
“It’s long past time to enact a comprehensive nondiscrimination law, and we must continue to work to ensure, once and for all, that the RFRA cannot be used to discriminate against or hurt anyone.
“Thousands of Hoosiers and millions of Americans spoke loudly and clearly that discrimination cannot be tolerated in any form. That outcry has made all the difference.
“Facing tremendous economic damage and mounting public pressure, particularly from leading businesses in the state, lawmakers have responded with a measure to reduce the harm caused by the new law and include positive references to sexual orientation and gender identity for the first time in Indiana state law.
“These changes represent an important step forward. They fall short in many ways, and our work is far from over.
“Statewide nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers still do not exist, meaning discrimination is still legal in most of the state.
“Businesses in Indiana, and many other employers looking to do business with our state, have made it clear that the state must pass a statewide nondiscrimination law that protects all Hoosiers from discrimination and ensures that Indiana is seen as a welcoming place to visit and do business.
“Some of the country’s leading companies – trend setters and innovators – came together to voice their support for laws to end discrimination of any kind.
“It’s time to pass a comprehensive nondiscrimination law, and we will continue to work with our allies to ensure that the RFRA cannot be used to discriminate or harm anyone.
“Indiana businesses have shown they are ready to lead. We look forward to working with them to pass statewide protections against discrimination. That campaign begins today.”
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