Our opinion: More welcoming Indiana would compete better Source: Bloomington Herald-Times • December 2, 2015

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The call for Gov. Mike Pence and the Republican-controlled Legislature to put LGBT civil rights into state law is getting louder.

Indiana Competes, a coalition of Indiana businesses, is joining the fight. More than 150 large and small businesses are on the organization’s roster, including some of Indiana’s most influential: Eli Lilly and Co., Cummins, AT&T and Anthem.

The group will bring its message to Bloomington today for a news conference. Associated Press reported Wednesday that those affiliated with the organization said the state needs to be known as a welcoming place in order to lure talented workers. Failing to pass inclusive legislation into Indiana’s civil rights law would damage the state’s economy. Hoosiers need only recall the damage caused by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act fiasco to realize how that’s possible.

The Legislature should add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes under Indiana law, and Gov. Pence should sign it. Indiana Competes understands the importance of that. Let’s hope the lawmakers listen.