Indiana Anti-Gay Law Fix ‘Not Enough’ Says Lamda Legal & Angie’s List, Google Condemns Law

Indiana Republican leaders have announced their planned ‘fix’ to the state’s controversial anti-gay “religious freedom” law that they say will prevent businesses from using it to discriminate against LGBT individuals.

“Hoosier hospitality had to be restored,” said House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, at a press conference at the Statehouse.

“It was never intended to discriminate against anyone,” said Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne. “That perception led to the national protests we’ve seen.”

The IndyStar noted that the new proposal “doesn’t go as far as establishing gays and lesbians as a protected class of citizens statewide or repealing the law outright, both things that Republican leaders have said they could not support.”

Lamda Legal issued the following statement voicing their concerns about the proposed ‘fix’:

This bill reduces the threat but is far less than this situation requires. It recognizes there are problems, but does not fix it as LGBT Hoosiers and others urgently need. Now that there’s broad public understanding that gay and transgender people in much of Indiana are terribly vulnerable to arbitrary discrimination by businesses, refusal of housing, and being fired just for being who they are–and even Gov. Pence has agreed that that is wrong—that unacceptable situation requires a full solution. We’ve provided multiple options of straightforward bill language. This is not a complicated or novel task. Many states have done it with only positive results economically and socially. The time is now. America is watching.

Indiana’s RFRA is an ill-conceived law that invites religiously motivated refusals to comply with laws that protect everyone. The state’s elected leadership today has taken one step to reduce these refusal problems by amending the RFRA to ensure compliance with civil rights laws. Now they need to complete the fix by actually providing those basic protections that LGBT people need to be equal and safe in the Hoosier State, and by further amending RFRA to prevent it from being used to excuse any harm to other people.

Angie’s List calls the fix to the “religious freedom” law “insufficient.

“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.”

Google on Thursday, spoke out against the flood of anti-LGBT bills pending or already signed in to law around the country, in an exclusive statement to HRC:

We oppose all laws that enable or encourage discrimination and are pleased that there are now concrete moves to clarify the intent of these laws in various U.S. States. We’ve been steadfast in our efforts to eliminate discrimination against the LGBT community – including through our vocal opposition to Prop 8, our filing of legal briefs in opposition to the Defense of Marriage Act, the benefits we provide same-sex couples at Google, and by drawing attention to the issue globally through various international campaigns, the homepage doodle for the Sochi Olympics, and supporting the “It Gets Better” project.”