- March 16, 2015
In a 9 -4 vote earlier today, Indiana Senate Bill 101 passed out of the Indiana House Judiciary Committee. The bill has already cleared the Senate and now will head to the full Indiana House of Representatives to be heard, possibly as early as tomorrow.
Judiciary Committee members heard today from the Indy Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, faith leaders of various belief systems, and legal experts who all agreed that passage of SB 101 was bad for Indiana. Additionally, leading companies in Indiana, including Eli Lilly and Cummins have stated their opposition to passing the legislation. Most recently they were joined by Alcoa, another large national corporation with a significant employee base in Indiana and a 100 percent rating on HRC's Corporate Equality Index.
This bill is similar to many others introduced in state legislatures across the countrythis year that aim to codify legal discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. SB 101 would bring potentially harmful and unintended consequences to those who call Indiana home and could disrupt economic growth, invite costly legal challenges and make the Hoosier State unwelcoming. This bill could, for example, allow businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples, allow a school counselor to refuse services to a gay teenager, or be used by any employee to avoid following rules at work as basic as wearing a hard hat or reporting their Social Security number. This bill could also allow individuals to sue the government and allow government employees or private businesses to challenge or opt out of laws, including local laws across the state that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents and visitors from discrimination.
HRC is part of the Freedom Indiana campaign that is working to kill SB 101, and we will continue to engage our members and work with our allies to do whatever we can to keep Indiana a welcoming place for all people.