Milestone LGBT Changes to R.F.R.A. are on the Table in Indiana

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Hoosier lawmakers, in an attempt to clarify the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act, have announced that for the first time in Indiana history, the terms sexual orientation and gender identity will appear in legislation, as it pertains to nondiscrimination.

The language right now is a recommendation. It has not been approved. 

Immediately following the amendment recommendations announcement, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce reacted with a statement supporting the proposed changes.

This is a developing story. We will bring you updates as they become available.


 Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar reacts to the proposed clarification to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA):

“Our state has suffered tremendously the past week. It was absolutely essential to clarify and affirm that Indiana’s RFRA law does not permit discrimination against any person or group of people. The legislative amendment spells out that Indiana will not permit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. That’s what businesses and individuals from around the state, country and world needed to hear.

“We believe this effort begins to help re-establish Indiana’s identity as a welcoming place and will go a long way toward reversing the tide of negative sentiments that has threatened our state’s economy.
 
“We encourage the General Assembly to pass this legislation in a bipartisan fashion today to show the nation that Indiana is united in sending the message that our state is a hospitable one which does not discriminate.”

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