INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization fighting to update existing Indiana laws against discrimination to include gay and transgender people, issued the following statement on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s lack of leadership on the issue during his “State of the State” address this evening. The statement can be attributed to Freedom Indiana campaign manager Chris Paulsen.
“This is a complete letdown. In his speech tonight, after 10 months of allegedly listening to Hoosiers, Governor Pence chose to punt the critical issue of civil rights protections for gay and transgender people to Indiana lawmakers. We are disappointed in his lack of leadership on an update that we know a majority of people in our state support.
“But it also means we have our work cut out for us: We must redouble our efforts so that lawmakers craft a good bill to send to the Governor that makes it clear that gay and transgender people should not be fired, denied housing or turned away from public spaces because of who they are or whom they love.
“We’ve worked hard before, and we’ll do it again. We’ve shown up before, and we’ll do it again. Protecting everyone in our state should not be this difficult, but we will make sure lawmakers and the Governor understand that doing nothing is not an option — and creating another RFRA situation would be even worse.”
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