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.But as the ILB tweeted this morning:
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.
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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