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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - Two former Indiana Supreme Court justices speak out on RFRA

In Indiana Forefront today, Ted Boehm writes in part:

Indiana’s business and civic leaders have spoken loudly and clearly: we need to fix this RFRA mess, and fix it now. The Star’s front page editorial has it right: adding sexual orientation to the list of groups protected by Indiana’s Civil Rights Law is the only way to demonstrate to the nation that we are in step with the times. * * *

Thanks to the latest gerrymander, we have overwhelming Republican majorities in both houses. It is up to the legislative leadership to marshal sufficient Republican support to join with Democrats to get this job done.

Pressing for this needed legislation will no doubt put leadership at odds with many members of the Republican caucuses that selected them. But some issues require taking a stand whatever the cost in a party caucus or at the polls. This is one of those issues, and it affects all Hoosiers. Conventions, business headquarters, and big time events produce revenues that support schools and infrastructure all over Indiana.

Ordinary citizens can help. Communicate your concern to your legislators. Your support will make it easier for legislators to do the right thing. Don’t let the General Assembly undo the years of investment and progress that we’ve enjoyed.

From an Indianapolis Star story this afternoon by Kristine Guerra and Tim Evans:
Frank Sullivan Jr., who served on the Indiana Supreme Court from 1993 to 2012, said RFRA was a "code for 'we need to deny gay and lesbians the civil rights they are asserting.'"

He said that is obvious because the same people — including lawmakers and lobbyists — who were pushing for the failed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage are now behind the RFRA law. In his recollection of the past four decades, infringement of religious freedom has not been an issue in the state.

"I view this as being a purely political issue," he said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 31, 2015 05:39 PM
Posted to Indiana Government