By Andi TenBarge
Gov. Mike Pence says Hoosiers likely will know his stance on LGBT civil rights “early in the session” of the Indiana General Assembly that begins next month.
This comes after a recent poll by The Indianapolis Star showed 70 percent of Hoosiers supported protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered citizens. Pence said his administration had been “listening very respectfully to Hoosiers on all sides of the issue” during the past six months as he expects it to be an issue during the 2016 legislative session.
“We’ll take a look at various proposals and Hoosiers will know precisely where I stand, but I think I’m very confident that as is the case of many issues that we deal with in this state and that our legislature will consider this matter in a thoughtful way and make their determination, but people will know where I stand early in the year. “
Earlier this month, Indiana Tourism Association, Hirons, Eli Lilly and more than 150 other businesses in Indiana launched a coalition known as Indiana Competes – a group aiming to add civil rights protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Hoosiers to state law.
“Make no mistake, what happened last March really damaged Indiana’s reputation,” Marya Rose, the chief administration officer of Cummins said during a press conference earlier this month. “We need a non-discrimination statute that is fully inclusive and ensures that people are treated equally under state law.”
Andi TenBarge is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news service powered by Franklin College Journalism students.