Mayor, other organizations speak out against controversial religious freedom bill

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 24, 2015) – The mayor of Indianapolis is now speaking out against the governor’s plan to sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA).

He told our partners at the IndyStar “I had hoped the Statehouse wouldn’t move in this direction on RFRA, but it seems as if the bill was a fait accompli from the beginning. I don’t believe this legislation truly represents our state or our capital city. Indianapolis strives to be a welcoming place that attracts businesses, conventions, visitors and residents. We are a diverse city, and I want everyone who visits and lives in Indy to feel comfortable here. RFRA sends the wrong signal.”

His statement comes after several organizations have threatened to cancel their conventions in Indianapolis if the bill is signed including Gen Con and most recently the Disciples of Christ. Rev. Dr. Sharon E. Watkins wrote Governor Pence a letter saying, “We are particularly distressed at the thought that, should RFRA be signed into law, some of our members and friends might not be welcome in Indiana businesses – might experience legally sanctioned bias and rejection once so common on the basis of race.”

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