John M. Becker

Indiana's Largest Paper to Lawmakers: 'Fix This Now'

Filed By John M. Becker | March 31, 2015 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Christianists, discrimination, editorial, Indiana, Indianapolis Star, license to discriminate, Mike Pence, op-ed, religious freedom, religious liberty, SB 101, special rights

"We are at a critical moment in Indiana's history. And much is at stake. Our image. Our reputation as a state that embraces people of diverse backgrounds and makes them feel welcome. And our efforts over many years to retool our economy, to attract talented workers and thriving businesses, and to improve the quality of life for millions of Hoosiers.

"All of this is at risk because of a new law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, that no matter its original intent already has done enormous harm to our state and potentially our economic future.

"The consequences will only get worse if our state leaders delay in fixing the deep mess created. Half steps will not be enough. Half steps will not undo the damage.

"Only bold action -- action that sends an unmistakable message to the world that our state will not tolerate discrimination against any of its citizens -- will be enough to reverse the damage.

"Gov. Mike Pence and the General Assembly need to enact a state law to prohibit discrimination in employment, housing, education and public accommodations on the basis of a person's sexual orientation or gender identity."

-- The editorial board of the Indianapolis Star -- the largest newspaper in Indiana -- slamming the state's discriminatory new "religious freedom" law in a full front-page editorial titled "Fix this now."

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