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Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard says the Religious Freedom Restoration Act does not represent the city or the state. He says he wants "everyone who visits and lives" in the Circle City to feel comfortable. Governor Mike Pence is expected to sign the bill into law today during a private ceremony. On Tuesday, Mayor Ballard shared his thoughts on RFRA.
"I had hoped the Statehouse wouldn’t move in this direction on RFRA, but it seems as if the bill was a fait accompli from the beginning. I don't believe this legislation truly represents our state or our capital city. Indianapolis strives to be a welcoming place that attracts businesses, conventions, visitors and residents. We are a diverse city, and I want everyone who visits and lives in Indy to feel comfortable here. RFRA sends the wrong signal," Ballard said.
Ballard isn't the only one expressing concerns. Visit Indy says it opposes the measure and is working to "rally the tourism community" to strengthen the image of the city's hospitality and welcoming environment.
March 24, 2015
Statement From Visit Indy
Visit Indy joined the ACLU of Indiana, major employers such as Eli Lilly & Co, and the state and local Chambers of Commerce in opposing SB101. Visit Indy opposed SB101 and similar bills for a variety of reasons, including the divisive nature of the issue, the risk of unintended consequences, concerns of misinformation and sensationalized social media and reporting about the RFRA, and likely resulting misperceptions of Indianapolis' dedicated hospitality industry and our desire to serve ALL visitors.
Source: Visit Indy
Governor Pence and other supporters say the measure protects the religious freedoms of business owners. He has said he looks forward to signing the bill.
Sources: Inside INdiana Business, Office of Mayor Greg Ballard, Office of Governor Mike Pence