On Thursday night, the Terre Haute City Council unanimously passed an amendment to the city’s human relations commission ordinance prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, education and financing practices.
With this historic win, Terre Haute now becomes the seventh city in Indiana with a gender identity-inclusive ordinance protecting LGBT Hoosiers from discrimination. Two counties—Marion and Monroe—have also enacted similar ordinances.
Jeff Lorick, executive director of Terre Haute’s human relations commission said the passage of the ordinance underscores that the city is a welcoming place that is open for business to all:
“Terre Haute is a welcoming place, everybody is welcome. And I’m sure the expanding of that ordinance will further make that statement, that we are an inclusive community.”
Terre Haute is just the latest signal that a strong majority of Hoosiers know discrimination is wrong—and we believe it’s time for our local and statewide laws to reflect our values.
We thank members of the seven members of the City Council who stood with us on the right side of history and call on other municipalities across Indiana to follow suit.