“Our position is that this ‘fix’ is insufficient,” Angie’s CEO Bill Oesterle said in a statement Thursday morning. “There was no repeal of RFRA and no end to discrimination of homosexuals in Indiana.”
The legislative proposal, announced Thursday morning, would make sexual orientation and gender identity explicitly protected against discrimination in new law. But the proposal otherwise keeps intact the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence.
Oesterle said that even with the proposed change, “Employers in most of the state of Indiana can fire a person simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning.
Leading LGBT rights groups, including Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign, say the proposed changes “far short of adding non-discrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers to the state’s civil rights laws.”Angie’s List is headquartered in Indianapolis.
A 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruling could have wide impacts for LGBTQ folks who believe they’ve been discriminated against in the workplace. While the ruling upheld it was still not against the law to discriminate against folks because of their sexuality, it did recognize sexuality under “sex” in line with anti-sex discrimination laws. Check [...]