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I Wanted a Safe Workplace In Which I Could Transition Kathrynne • Indianapolis
Freedom Indiana on Senate Bill 344 February 2, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization fighting to update existing Indiana laws against discrimination to include gay and transgender people, released the following statement in response to the news that Senate Bill 344 will die without a vote in the Indiana Senate.

“The fact that Senate Bill 344 won’t be heard on the Senate floor is incredibly disappointing given strong statewide support for updating our civil rights law and all the work that has been done thus far at the Statehouse to keep this conversation going.

“This bill and others introduced this session were deeply flawed, but we were working hard to fix Senate Bill 344.

“We’ve said from the outset that doing nothing was not an option. Today, lawmakers did nothing to help protect LGBT people in our state, but our work is only just beginning.

“The issue of legal discrimination against hundreds of thousands of Hoosiers will not go away, and we will continue to fight this session to update our civil rights law and undo the damage done to our state last year.

“The legislative process is just that — a process. The conversation should continue in the coming weeks and months, not be shut down without a vote on the Senate floor.”