Indiana continues to pull national attention as we wait to see if legislators will vote for an LGBT-inclusive nondiscrimination law to finally provide a real fix to the damage done last year when Gov. Pence signed RFRA into law. Unfortunately, during his State of the State speech on January 12, Governor Pence insinuated that the only bill he would consider is one that includes broad religious exemptions. This prompted Speaker of the House Brian Bosma to declare that finding a path forward would be ‘more difficult’ now as a result of Pence’s position. On January 27, SB 66 (a “Super-RFRA”), SB 100 and the anti-trans SB 344 are all expected to be heard in committee. With the crossover deadline coming just days after the hearing, time is running short to see good legislation pass. HRC is on the ground in Indiana partnering with other local and national organizations to make sure the only piece of legislation that moves forward this session is one that would truly protect all 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.
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.