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I am still not protected like other Hoosiers Cameron St. Andrew • Indianapolis
Bloomington Herald-Times Editorial Board Calls on Lawmakers to Explicitly Protect Gay and Transgender Hoosiers December 8, 2015

Last week, the Bloomington Herald-Times Editorial Board published and op-ed calling on the Legislature to “add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under Indiana law.”

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The editorial comes just one day after the launch of Indiana Competes, a coalition of more than 180 businesses united in support of comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination laws because they know that fully inclusive protections is good for business.

The Editorial Board’s call-to-action mirrors many of the arguments put forth by Indiana Competes in favor of updating existing non-discrimination laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity:

Failing to pass [LGBT] inclusive legislation into Indiana’s civil rights law would damage the state’s economy. Hoosiers need only recall the damage caused by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act fiasco to realize how that’s possible.

The aforementioned “RFRA fiasco” is in reference to the millions of projected revenue losses, specifically in the tourism and import/export industries, precipitated by the passage of a widely-viewed anti-LGBT bill earlier this year.

We’re grateful for the Bloomington Herald-Times Editorial Board’s public endorsement. To stand with the board, click here to sign the pledge in favor of fully inclusive non-discrimination legislation.