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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Ind. Gov't. - "Which of those two stories — RFRA or Ritz — will have the longest legs by November 2016, when voters get their next crack at state lawmakers and a supermajority Republican House and Senate?"

That question is asked today by Dave Bangert in his Lafayette Journal & Courier column, headed "RFRA to Ritz, the next perception fight: Statehouse Republicans missed how the Religious Freedom Restoration Act would be perceived. Will they miss things again as they finalize plans to marginalize Glenda Ritz?" It begins:

In a state still licking its wounds from 15 brutal minutes in the national spotlight, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act remains the gift that keeps on giving.

A week after a Senate committee set aside $1 million in the state budget for some damage control, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. hired Porter Novelli, a New York-based firm, to lead “ongoing public relations initiatives” to help brand Indiana “as a welcoming place to live, visit and do business.”

In other words, come up with a plan to explain away the perception that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cleared the deck for blatant discrimination of gays and lesbians — no matter how innocent the law was intended by lawmakers, totally blindsided by the blowback.

But as the ILB tweeted this morning:
Perhaps a more direct and effective approach to improve our image would be to broaden our civil rights law.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 14, 2015 10:21 AM
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