Indiana Governor’s Hometown Stands Up for LGBT Rights

September 15, 2015 • 8:09 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Another city in Indiana is doing everything it can to turn the page on Gov. Mike Pence’s so called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which passed last year and made it easier for individuals, businesses and organizations to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. This time, it’s Pence’s hometown that is standing up for LGBT rights.

Moments ago, Columbus City Council – which is comprised entirely of Republican members — passed a law that will ban discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

Matt McTighe, campaign manager for Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement praising Columbus for leading on this issue:

“Earlier this year, Indiana’s welcoming reputation was tarnished when it passed a law that made it easier to discriminate against LGBT people. Now, cities across Indiana — including Gov. Pence’s hometown — are stepping up to ensure everyone, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, is protected from discrimination, and proving that Hoosier hospitality is alive and well.

“Columbus’ all-Republican city council is showing that nondiscrimination protections for LGBT Americans should not be a partisan issue. That is why we are working in the reddest-of-the-red and the bluest-of-the-blue states to ensure every American, including LGBT Americans, can live and work without fear of discrimination.”

Freedom for All Americans is the bipartisan campaign dedicated to ensuring every gay and transgender American is fully protected from discrimination under the law, no matter where they live. Our work brings together Republicans and Democrats, businesses big and small, people of faith, and allies from all walks of life to make the case for comprehensive nondiscrimination protections that ensure everyone is treated fairly and equally.

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