For Immediate Release
Contact: Lauren Schregardus
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 27, 2016) – This evening, members of Indiana Competes, a coalition of more than 425 Hoosier businesses and associations, joined LGBT rights supporters and faith leaders to testify before the Senate Rules Committee. Senate Bill 344 was amended and passed out of committee and will be up for consideration by the full Senate. The following statement should be attributed to Peter Hanscom, initiative director of Indiana Competes:
“The legislature had a chance to strengthen Indiana tonight and make our state more competitive, but this opportunity was not seized. We want to believe the General Assembly is sincere in their efforts to pass meaningful legislation to eliminate discrimination, but tonight’s hearing showed Indiana missing another opportunity.
“The Hoosier business community has said from the beginning that Indiana must be a place that welcomes all, not most. We respect the legislative process and will continue to work with the General Assembly, but we will not support a final bill that does not provide for equal rights for the entire LGBT community.
“Business owners, faith leaders and anti-discrimination supporters have shared the message tonight that Senate Bill 344 is still woefully inadequate because it leaves out the transgender community and provides numerous allowances for additional discrimination. That is not the answer.”
Below is a list of some of the individuals who testified before the Rules Committee on SB 344 and SB 100:
Kevin Brinegar, Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Debra Widiss, Indiana University, Maurer School of Law
Dr. Lewis Galloway, Second Presbyterian Church
Scott McCorkle, Salesforce.com
Rhiannon Carlson, GenderNexus
Bill Oesterle, Tech For Equality
Charlie Shook, Coldwell Banker Shook
Kriztina Inskeep, Mother of transgender son
Chris Douglas, C. H. Douglas & Gray, LLC
Kimberly Acoff, Veteran
Steve Fry, Eli Lilly & Co.
Evan Stoner, Founder of Jeffersonville Pride
Mark Osowick, Cummins, Inc.
Korvin Bothwell, Owner of Vital Skates
Michael Huber, Indy Chamber
About Indiana Competes
Indiana Competes is a coalition organized by Hoosier business leaders. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight positive economic impact to be realized by creating protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Indiana Competes supports the growth of Indiana’s economy by ensuring that all Hoosiers have equal protections in the workplace, in housing, and in public accommodations. To sign the pledge joining Indiana Competes, visit the website – www.indianacompetes.org.