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Last minute holiday shopping? Support “Open for Service” businesses this Saturday December 14, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2015

Media Contacts:

Josh Driver, josh@openforservice.org
Jennifer Wagner, jennifer.wagner@freedomindiana.org


Businesses committed to nondiscrimination will offer coupons, discounts on Dec. 19

INDIANAPOLIS — Open for Service, the nonpartisan worldwide campaign that promotes businesses that do not discriminate, today invited Hoosiers to participate in “Open for Service Saturday,” an opportunity this weekend to support the more than 2,000 businesses across the state that have committed to nondiscrimination.

“As Hoosiers head into the holidays, we want to make sure these business owners are recognized for their commitment to making our state a welcoming, safe place,” said Open for Service founder Josh Driver. “If you’re out searching for the perfect last-minute gift, you can visit the website to find a local business that supports equality.”

Shoppers can locate open, welcoming businesses in their communities by visiting openforservice.org/saturday

Open for Service also has a mobile app that is available for iPhone and Android devices, and many businesses will offer special coupons and discounts throughout the day via the app and on the website.

Freedom Indiana and Open for Service announced a  strategic partnership in September.

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Open for Service was founded in the midst of the fallout from RFRA. Businesses who want to publicly declare they are open to serve anyone can register for free at openforservice.org and order a sticker for a minimal fee to display at their establishment. More than 5,000 businesses have registered since the website launched in March 2015.

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.