Facing tremendous economic damage and mounting public pressure from fair-minded Americans and business leaders, on April 2 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.
The wave of anti-LGBT bills filed across the country continues to swell, and currently, there are more than 100 anti-LGBT bills in 28 state legislatures. Click here to learn more.
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.
Because of the Supreme Court's announcement on October 6, 2014, the Seventh Circuit's decision stands and couples living in Indiana can now apply for marriage licenses. Learn more here.