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“As Americans, I feel like this denies us the freedom we all deserve.” Angie and Cynthia Alexander
Freedom Indiana statement on the launch of Indiana Competes December 2, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS – Freedom Indiana, the grassroots organization fighting to update existing Indiana laws against discrimination to include gay and transgender Hoosiers, released the following statement today about the launch of Indiana Competes, a statewide business organization dedicated to the sustainable growth of Indiana’s economy by ensuring that persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities are treated fairly and equally under the law.

“We welcome Indiana Competes and support from job creators across our state as we work together to update Indiana civil rights law to protect gay and transgender people from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodation.

“The Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act caused enormous backlash from businesses in Indiana and across the country, and that united voice helped lawmakers understand the damage they had done to our state and its hospitable reputation.

“It is equally important that lawmakers understand that no one should be fired or denied housing or service because of who they are or whom they love. Indiana Competes will help amplify that message from an economic perspective.

“As we have for the past two years, Freedom Indiana will continue to advocate on behalf of the tens of thousands of Hoosiers who want our state to be a welcoming and safe place to live, work or visit.”

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Freedom Indiana is the statewide grassroots organization that successfully fought a constitutional marriage amendment and sounded the alarm on the economically devastating Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The group is advocating that legislators update existing laws against discrimination to include gay and transgender people so no one in Indiana can be fired, denied housing or turned away from public accommodation based on who they are or whom they love.