We’ve become “that RFRA state” where you’d be reticent to move if you’re a member of one of the several groups Indiana, to date, has chosen not to protect with comprehensive bias crimes legislation. We’re one of five states who can’t assure businesses interested in locating here that all of their current employees will be protected, and their future ones easy to recruit.
The argument has been “But they will be; we don’t need a law.” However, when businesses cut their prospect list, we’re making it a lot easier to eliminate us.
It’s not enough to tell the world we’re not like that. It’s not enough to pass legislation that says we treat every person fairly. That we’re open to everyone. That we don’t label and exclude; that judges can reach their own conclusions and assign sentences accordingly.
We need specific, enumerated class protections (meaning protection of all classes of race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity) to keep Indiana where it deservedly belongs for business selection and retention – at the top of the list. Let’s call Indiana names it deserves. We are a state that works. But in 2019, it’s long past time to put an end to any appearance of intolerance.
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