Today at its annual fall meeting, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors—including more than 100 of Indiana’s top business leaders—voted to support updating Indiana’s civil rights law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar said that especially in the wake of the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) earlier this year, expanding Indiana’s civil rights law is needed to repair the Hoosier State’s image and attract a vibrant workforce:
“We believe this expansion is a necessary action for the General Assembly to take. After the negative perception of our state generated by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the spring, we need to get this right in order to secure the reputation of Indiana as a hospitable and welcoming place.
“The time has come for Indiana to expand protections against potential discrimination. This action will increase the state’s future business competitiveness in the recruitment, attraction and retention of talent, as well as enhance respect for all employers and employees. We encourage our state leaders to work together to take this next critical step.”
The Chamber is in good company among Indiana’s business community. Already, the state’s leading employers—including Eli Lilly, Cummins and Salesforce—have come out strongly for statewide LGBT non-discrimination protections, joining the Indy Chamber and more than 1,000 small businesses across the state.
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