In a powerful editorial, the IndyStar renewed its call for Indiana to pass statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers.
The editorial was signed by Karen Ferguson Fuson, president and publisher, Jeff Taylor, executive editor. and Tim Swarens, opinion editor.
Below are some particularly powerful excerpts.
[In March, after the state’s RFRA law was signed] …major employers were either canceling or threatening to cancel expansion projects, training programs and other investments in the state. Indianapolis was at severe risk of losing major conventions and sporting events. And Indiana’s reputation as a welcoming, inclusive place to work and live — qualities essential for attracting and retaining great talent — was taking hit after heavy hit.
Our city and state were threatened with lasting and severe damage. The Star responded in that moment with a front-page editorial on March 31 that demanded of the governor and lawmakers: “Fix This Now.”
A day later, an impressive gathering of top business, civic and academic leaders stood in the Indiana House chambers, along with House Speaker Brian Bosma and Senate leader David Long, to announce that they had reached a compromise to “fix” RFRA by amending it so local human rights ordinances would no longer be negated by the new law.
Those leaders also made an important commitment that day, a pledge to lead a statewide conversation about expansion of the civil rights law during the 2016 legislative session.
We will push to ensure that commitment is kept.
The editorial closed by saying:
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We voice our opinion with the goal of helping to promote the good of Indiana and its people, just as we have with past editorial campaigns that fought for better protections for abused and neglected children, more efficient local government, improved care for developmentally disabled and mentally ill Hoosiers, and other causes.
We will invest our time, energy and passion — and whatever influence we can muster — to help make Indiana an even better place to call home.
And we unwaveringly believe that means building a state where discrimination is not tolerated in any form.