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Indy Welcomes All

1/10/2017 1:04:46 AM
Indianapolis has a perfect score (30/30) from the Human Rights Campaign for LGBT protections and Indiana's amended RFRA does not allow the law to be used to refuse service or as a defense for discrimination.  More information on the amended RFRA law and Indy's LGBT protections and support from the LGBT rights organizations can be found at https://www.visitindy.com/indianapolis-indy-welcomes-all

From Visit Indy to all visitors
Visit Indy is the official convention & visitors bureau of Indianapolis, IN.
“Indy welcomes all” is a reflection of our city’s ethos and our well-earned, decades-long reputation of providing exceptional hospitality to all visitors.  The state’s amended RFRA now aligns with Indianapolis’ longstanding Human Rights Ordinance protections and our community looks forward to welcoming and serving all visitors, just as we always have. To learn more about Indiana's amended RFRA, click here.

Visit Indy has created an FAQs about the amended Indiana RFRA
Two key excerpts from this document:
Q: What changes were made in Indiana’s amended RFRA (April 2, 2015) compared to the original RFRA (March 26, 2015)?
A: The key difference in the amended RFRA is legislative language added directly into the law which states that “providers,” which includes individuals and businesses, cannot “refuse to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodations, goods, employment or housing to any member or members of the general public on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or United States military service.”
The amended RFRA further states that the law cannot be used to “establish a defense to a civil action or criminal prosecution for refusal by a provider to offer or provide services, facilities, use of public accommodations, goods, employment or housing to any member or members of the general public on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation,
gender identity, or United States military service.”

Q: What has been the response to Indiana’s amended RFRA?
A: The amended RFRA has received wide support:
  • The American Unity Fund (AUF), a national LGBT rights organization based in Washington, D.C., supports the amended RFRA, stating that “Indiana’s RFRA now has clearer protections for civil rights than the federal RFRA or any of the other 30+ states with RFRA laws or comparable judicial direction in their state constitutions.”
  • The four states and the various cities which had banned state- or city-sponsored travel to Indiana in response to the original RFRA lifted their travel bans in response to the amended law.
  • The ACLU of Indiana supports the protections added to the amended RFRA.
  • International businesses with headquarters or major operations in Indiana such as Eli Lilly and Company,
  • Salesforce, Cummins and many others support the amended RFRA.
  • The National Collegiate Athletic Association and the Professional Convention Management Association have stated support of Indiana’s amended RFRA.
  • Major convention groups and trade shows which had reported concerns about the state’s original RFRA have communicated they are satisfied with the amended law’s protections against discrimination.  And two widely cited convention cancellations, AFSCME and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), both rescinded their cancellations after the law was amended.