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Freedom Indiana officially launches local nondiscrimination campaign April 23, 2015

Group will provide support to cities, counties seeking to strengthen or enact protections for LGBT Hoosiers

INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the statewide group that pushed back last year’s marriage amendment and fought this year’s so-called Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), today announced a new campaign to get Hoosiers involved in strengthening or enacting local protections for LGBT Hoosiers.

“We want local elected officials and Hoosiers across Indiana to know that we’re here as a resource to help them draft strong, enforceable language that protects LGBT residents in their local communities,” said Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair.

Local nondiscrimination ordinances have been enacted in more than a dozen Indiana cities and counties, but much of Indiana still lacks these basic protections, a reality exposed by the recent fallout from the Indiana RFRA debacle.

Not only do local nondiscrimination ordinances protect LGBT Hoosiers where they live and work, but they also send a strong message to employers and prospective residents that a city is inclusive and welcoming.

“One lesson we learned from the RFRA mess is that job creators large and small want to do business in places where their employees and potential employees are protected from discrimination,” Blair said. “Having a local nondiscrimination ordinance that includes sexual orientation and gender identity is a tremendous economic development tool.”

Freedom Indiana will continue to push toward a statewide nondiscrimination law in the 2016 session.

Learn more about ongoing local nondiscrimination efforts and sign up to get involved at freedomindiana.org/local

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