Yesterday, Republican leaders in the Indiana Legislature introduced SB 100—legislation that would update Indiana’s civil rights law to protect gay and transgender Hoosiers from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.
Our Campaign Manager, Chris Paulsen, released this statement today:
“Now that we’ve had a chance to review Senate Bill 100 in greater detail, we remain encouraged that lawmakers have made this issue a priority and recognized the need to update our laws to provide much-needed protections from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
However, we have grave concerns about some aspects of the bill and will be actively working to come up with solutions to the troubling parts of the legislation that need improvement to before the bill can achieve its aim of addressing discrimination against gay and transgender people in Indiana.
Some of those concerns include the fact that the legislation would prohibit cities and towns from enforcing existing or adding meaningful local civil rights protections to achieve fair treatment of their residents and as an economic development tool.
We also are particularly troubled by the limited protections offered for discrimination based on gender identity, as well as the implications of very broad religious and services exemptions that would authorize discrimination against gay and transgender people and either erode or eliminate many longstanding protections under Indiana civil rights law for discrimination based on other currently protected characteristics.
For example, this bill could allow a homeless shelter that receives government funding to turn away a single mother or permit a religiously affiliated hospital to deny someone the ability to make medical decisions for a same-sex spouse.
We look forward to working with lawmakers over the coming weeks and months to make the improvements this bill needs to ensure gay and transgender people are protected under Indiana law.”
There’s no doubt that we have a lot of work ahead of us. But our movement is strong enough and we won’t stop pushing until we pass legislation ensuring full protections for gay and transgender Hoosiers under Indiana law.SHARE THIS STORY