In 2015, HRC rallied against discriminatory anti-LGBT laws proposed in state legislatures across the country. Working with state LGBT advocacy groups and HRC members on the ground, we were able to block almost all of the more than 115 anti-LGBT bills introduced in over 29 states. The eyes of the nation focused on these anti-LGBT bills when Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law a discriminatory bill explicitly allowing individuals and businesses to cite religious belief as a legal reason to refuse goods or services to LGBT people.
HRC was quick to take action, criticizing Pence and urging business leaders, religious leaders, political leaders and LGBT and allied Hoosiers to do the same. Facing tremendous economic damage and mounting public pressure from fair-minded Americans and business leaders, Pence subsequently signed legislation limiting the damage of the state’s new law.
Throughout the year, HRC highlighted anti-LGBT bills across the nation and mobilized our 1.5 million members and supporters to stop these bills in their tracks. HRC was particularly active working with local organizations on the ground and engaging businesses and community leaders to prevent these bills from becoming law.
HRC is committed to fighting back against these bills, advocating for equality and justice for all.