SB 344 will not advance in the Indiana Senate in 2016. Although it was previously scheduled for a second hearing February 2, according to the bill’s author, the legislation will not be considered and will therefore fail to meet the required deadline this year. The deeply flawed legislation was a failed attempt to address the damning evidence that continues to emerge from the destruction caused to Indiana’s economy by Gov. Pence’s discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) last year, but the Senate had every opportunity to amend the bill to provide real protections for LGBT Hoosiers.
The existing patchwork of legal protections for LGBT people in the United States leaves millions subject to uncertainty and potential discrimination. That’s why the Human Rights Campaign is working with lawmakers and advocates to pass the Equality Act in Congress, as well as strong non-discrimination protections at the state and local levels.
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Facing tremendous economic damage and mounting public pressure from fair-minded Americans and business leaders, on April 2, 2015 Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed legislation limiting the damage of the state’s new Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) but falling far short of providing a full solution. The measure fails to explicitly ensure that the RFRA won’t be used to undermine the full scope of Indiana existing non-discrimination laws, and does not add LGBT non-discrimination protections to the state’s civil rights laws. A report from Visit Indy shows that the state lost as much as $60 million in convention revenue alone because the RFRA fight.
HRC endorsed the "The Fairness for All Hoosiers Act" as a solution to stop the damage caused by the new Indiana anti-LGBT religious discrimination law signed in to law by Governor Pence. The first-of-its kind legislattive proposal would update the state’s civil rights laws against discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations to provide protections for LGBT Hoosiers; and clarify that the recently enacted Indiana religious discrimination law cannot be used to allow discrimination prohibited under state or local laws.
Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBT equality in Indiana alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. Find out more about what HRC is doing for LGBT equality in Indiana and how you can get involved with the local community in Chicago, Illinois.