There are those who will counter that no one can legislate fairness, nor eliminate bigotry with a law. True. Others will argue that we need a lot fewer laws, not more. Arguably, also true.
But even if the recent incident doesn’t upset your own personal principles or strike you as in conflict with the sense of fairness our country has strived for centuries to portray, inclusion is a business issue. Those businesses we hope to attract to Indiana, as well as those we hope to retain, want to hire the best and brightest employees they can find. Even the perception that Indiana chooses to dismiss the significance of an inclusive culture can be detrimental to our economic development efforts.
Indiana already suffers from a lack of strong population growth. We’re growing at almost half the average of other states. There is no reason our culture should be labeled as something it’s not, simply because we want to avoid legislation that makes it clear we don’t choose nor support inclusion and diversity.
Simply put, Indiana won’t make anybody’s short list if we dismiss this need nor presume it doesn’t matter. It does.
Indiana should pass hate crimes legislation. We need to stop tolerating intolerance.