Statement from Indiana Competes on Failure of LGBT Rights Amendment to SB 20 February 18, 2016

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 18, 2016) – This afternoon, Rep. Scott Pelath offered an amendment to SB 20 that would have prevented employment discrimination in Indiana based on sexual orientation and gender identity. That amendment was defeated 35-59. The statement below is to be attributed to Peter Hanscom, initiative director of Indiana Competes.

“Today, members of the Indiana House of Representatives had the opportunity to take serious steps toward ensuring LGBT Hoosiers cannot be fired from their jobs simply because of who they are or who they love.

“Although these limited employment protections would fall far short of the comprehensive nondiscrimination policies we support to help move our economy forward, this is an unsettling declaration from our state’s lawmakers that Indiana will continue to tolerate legal discrimination against the LGBT community. The state’s business community again finds itself defending Indiana’s reputation as an inclusive, diverse and welcoming place for all to do business.

​“Moving forward we urge lawmakers to take decisive action to assure our state’s reputation and economy are protected by passing a comprehensive update to the state’s civil rights code that protects all employees, residents and consumers.”