NASCAR Condemns Indiana’s New Anti-LGBT Law

by Stephen Peters

WASHINGTON – Joining the ever growing list of major corporations and organizations condemning the new anti-LGBT religious discrimination law in Indiana, NASCAR today issued the following statement condemning the new law:

“NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana. We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion with our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race.”

Today, Indiana Governor Mike Pence tried to limit the economic damage and public humiliation he brought to Indiana by signing the widely-denounced, discriminatory anti-LGBT law last Thursday.  While the national backlash against the harmful measure has been swift and brutal, Pence today asked for legislation to be sent to his desk this week that makes clear that the law cannot be used to deny services to anyone. However, Pence did not offer specifics to his request and did not offer support for a bill to add LGBT non-discrimination protections to the state’s civil rights laws.

Yesterday, HRC endorsed the "Fairness for All Hoosiers Act” as a solution to stop the damage caused by the new Indiana law. The legislative proposal would:

  • Update the state’s civil rights laws against discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations to provide protections for LGBT Hoosiers.

  • Clarify that the recently enacted Indiana religious discrimination law cannot be used to allow discrimination prohibited under state or local laws.

HRC is a founding member of the Freedom Indiana coalition—a campaign of state and national organizations who worked to try to stop the anti-LGBT bill from becoming law.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. HRC envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.


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