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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "The ACLU of Indiana's Next Steps on RFRA"

Jane Henegar, Executive Director, has put out this news release today. Some quotes:

What a difference a week makes. Last week, we and others were engaged in negotiations to "fix" Indiana's just-passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Today, we can say that while the situation in our state is far from perfect, we ended up in a place that is both historic and significant. * * *

For the first time in our history, Indiana now recognizes protections based on sexual orientation and Jane Henegar webJane Henegargender identity — even if they currently exist in only a few local human rights ordinances. And the passage of RFRA here, and the resulting backlash, has brought about a startling transformation that has advanced the cause of LGBT equality all across the country. This tipping point has helped defeat similar proposals in Georgia and Nevada, pared back the legislation in Arkansas, and dimmed prospects for passage of RFRAs in North Carolina and Michigan. Further, it has opened up the door for introducing LGBT non-discrimination protections not only in Indiana, but in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Though we have made a major step forward, we have more work to do. The ACLU of Indiana, along with our partners, is working diligently to change the status quo for all gay and transgender people in Indiana. We will push for legislation that extends statewide protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity — one of the common-sense provisions we requested, but did not receive, in the Fairness for all Hoosiers Act that we proposed last week.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 9, 2015 03:08 PM
Posted to Indiana Government