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Religious freedom ‘fix’ gets mixed reaction 


Here are a sampling of reactions to Thursday’s action by Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly to approve what supporters say is a “fix” to the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Indiana Chamber of Commerce

“The legislative amendment spells out that Indiana will not permit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. That’s what businesses and individuals from around the state, country and world needed to hear.” — Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO

Indiana Right to Life

“Indiana Right to Life opposes the proposed changes to Indiana’s new RFRA law since they dismantle much of the protections in the law designed to protect pro-life persons, businesses and ministries from being forced to support abortion under government order. The proposed changes would limit the scope of the protections afforded by current Indiana RFRA law significantly. The changes would create a state RFRA that is far more restrictive than federal RFRA law.” – Mike Fichter, president and CEO

Indiana Democratic Party

“We should never forget that it is Mike Pence, Brian Bosma and David Long who created this mess in the first place. Their lack of vision shows how completely out of touch their brand of governing is in Indiana. We can do better.” — John Zody, chairman

Freedom Indiana

“Businesses in Indiana, and many other employers looking to do business with our state, have made it clear that the state must pass a statewide nondiscrimination law that protects all Hoosiers from discrimination and ensures that Indiana is seen as a welcoming place to visit and do business.” – Katie Blair, campaign manager

Indiana Economic Development Corporation

“Today’s actions by Governor Mike Pence and the Indiana General Assembly reinforce that Indiana is open for all to live and work… This weekend, as thousands of visitors travel to Indiana to experience the NCAA Men’s Final Four, we will once again showcase Indiana as a state that welcomes all. The Indiana Economic Development Corporation will continue to tell Indiana’s story far and wide as a state that’s home to low taxes, robust infrastructure, a balanced budget and a talented and diverse workforce.”

House Democrats

“Instead, this ‘fix’ will be a platform for more divisive debates and mistrustful confusion when crystal clarity is in order. This is what should be done: RFRA must be repealed, followed by prompt passage of specific civil rights protections.” – Minority Leader Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City

American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana

“Thousands of Hoosiers and millions of Americans spoke loudly and clearly that discrimination cannot be tolerated in any form, and that outcry has made all the difference. Today, the harm has been lessened, but we have not yet reached the day when LGBT Hoosiers can be assured that they can live their lives free of discrimination.” – Jane Henegar, executive director.

Senate Democrats

“The debate over RFRA has exposed Indiana’s Civil Rights protections for what they are: embarrassingly deficient.” – Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson

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