Sunday, March 29, 2015
Ind. Law - What is needed to fix SEA 101, the Indiana's new RFRA, other than repealing it?
What is needed to fix SEA 101, other than repealing it? Two things:
First, to the new RFRA itself, add the Lanane amendment, wich failed in the Senate. It would add a new subsection (b) to the first section of the law, which details the applicability of the law, to clarify that:
(b) This chapter does not apply to:This change would mean that RFRA does not override local nondiscrimination ordinances or the statewide civil rights law.
(1) IC 22-9-1 (Indiana civil rights law); or
(2) any state law or local ordinance that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
But what about the rest of the State, where there is no local nondiscrimination ordinance that includes gays? And what about the now national perception of Indiana as intolerant?
The answer would be to amend the Indiana civil rights act itself, IC 22-9-1, to insert the words "sexual orientation" into the phrase "race, religion, color, sex, disability, national origin, ancestry, or status as a veteran," wherever it appears.