Post submitted by HRC Associate Regional Field Director Ryan Rowe
Hundreds of Hoosiers gathered yesterday at the Indiana State House to rally to stop the so-called “Super-RFRA”, SB66, and demand a full fix to proposed non-discrimination laws SB100 and SB344, which include extremely broad religious exemptions and exclude the transgender community.
To fix these two deeply flawed bills is simple: add sexual orientation and gender identity to the list of protected classes in the existing Indiana civil rights protections.
By the end of the morning, we had a small victory. SB 66 was adjourned with no testimony. Essentially, the “Super-RFRA” died in committee.
As the day progressed, pressure mounted for the Senate Rules Committee to amend either SB100 or SB344. Clergy leaders, including the Episcopal Bishop of Indiana and leaders from the Jewish community, held a prayer service in the rotunda. The United Methodist Bishop delivered an open letter with more than 220 signatures to members of the Senate Committee. Hoosier religious leaders are united in to mission to keep religious freedom from being used as a cover for discriminating against God’s LGBT children.
After a 13-hour day of activism that ended with more than five hours of testimony, the committee passed the deeply flawed SB344 to the Senate floor, adding two more dangerous amendments.
The voices are only growing louder from around Indiana and the country: A fully inclusive bill needs to be passed. Now is the time. No exceptions. No Hoosier left behind.