Today, the 475 businesses that make up Indiana Competes hand-delivered a letter to every single member of the General Assembly, underscoring the urgent need for lawmakers to act this year to secure statewide LGBT non-discrimination protections. Despite the failure of SB 344 to move forward earlier this month, businesses know that Indiana’s economy needs a law protecting everyone from discrimination—and with session not ending until March 14th, there is still ample time for lawmakers to pass meaningful non-discrimination legislation.
The letter reads, in part:
￼Despite the lack of a floor vote on Senate Bill 344 at the end of January, we believe the committee hearing and committee passage, along with the broad based support for positive changes to our state’s civil rights code has created positive momentum and we remain committed to updating Indiana’s civil rights code to adequately protect ALL Hoosier citizens. Our sincere request is that you do not allow the lack of action in one house of our State Legislature to impede the progress that we simply must make as a state to ensure and end to legal discrimination against anyone simply for who they are or who they love. The inaction by one legislative chamber has not, and will not, change the request from Hoosier businesses across the state that the legislature take decisive action to ensure that every individual who lives, works or visits our great state has equal rights under the law.
This letter makes it clear: Our coalition of businesses isn’t going anywhere—and we are more committed than ever to ensuring that all Hoosiers are protected from discrimination, no matter who they are. We urge lawmakers to stand with the businesses and people that call Indiana home by acting THIS YEAR to ensure comprehensive LGBT protections.