MEDIA ADVISORY – FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
January 11, 2016
INDIANAPOLIS – Freedom Indiana, the statewide grassroots organization fighting to update existing Indiana laws against discrimination to include gay and transgender Hoosiers, will host a “watch and react” event tomorrow night where Hoosiers can gather in Downtown Indianapolis to hear what Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has to say during his annual “State of the State” address.
After months of silence on the issue, the Governor has promised that he will use the speech to share his thoughts on the issue and what action he believes should be taken in this legislative session, which ends in mid-March.
“The Governor has an enormous opportunity on Tuesday to do the right thing and support protecting gay and transgender people in our state from being fired, denied housing or turned away from public spaces because of who they are or whom they love,” said Freedom Indiana campaign manager Chris Paulsen. “We want him to know we’re watching, and we hope he’s heard the message loud and clear that a majority of Hoosiers want to see this law updated to make our state a more safe and welcoming place.”
The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Indianapolis Artsgarden, just a few blocks from the Statehouse, where Pence will be speaking. It is free and open to the public and media.
There will be a short speaking program at the Artsgarden before the Governor delivers his address, which will be broadcast on a large screen for attendees to watch. Freedom Indiana campaign staff will be available at the Statehouse after the speech for comment, as will attendees at the Artsgarden event.
“Watch and React” to the Governor’s “State of the State” address
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
6:30 p.m. ET
Intersection of Washington and Illinois Streets