Staff Reports - INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Major businesses and organizations around the state have expressed their opinions about the Republican amendments to S.B. 101, otherwise known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Many Indiana universities and businesses took a stand against the RFRA bill as it was being debated and voted on.
After Governor Mike Pence signed the RFRA bill into law, many businesses intensified their efforts to rally against the bill. Angie's List announced a major expansion plan was being put on hold because of the bill.
With the announcement of the RFRA "fix," many organizations and businesses wanted to go on record on the new legislation.
Butler University released a statement Thursday afternoon:
Butler University applauds and supports today's proposed revisions to Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They represent a strong step forward and make clear that discrimination has no place in Indiana. The people of Indiana often talk about "Hoosier values." Butler University reflects the best of those values. We believe that all people should be welcome, regardless of sexual orientation, religion, gender, race, or ethnicity. Ours is a culture of acceptance and inclusivity that began with our abolitionist founder in 1855 and continues to pervade the Butler University community today.
The outpouring of support and advocacy across Indiana over the last several days is clear evidence that these Butler values are shared by institutions, businesses, and citizens across our great state. Now the real work begins-to build upon today's efforts to ensure our state is forever free from the taint of discrimination, and to restore our state's reputation as one of the nation's best places to live, visit, and do business.
Michael Huber, President and CEO of the Indy Chamber said:
Indiana University, the state's third largest employer, released the following statement:
Bill Oesterle, Angie's List CEO, stated after the press conference:
NCAA President, Mark Emmert said the NCAA is...
The long-term economic impact of RFRA will not be known for years.
The bill has divided the state and the nation on the issue and Hoosier businesses are taking a clear stand on the side of history that they believe is correct.