A vice president with Visit Indy says the group has heard from organizers of two more conventions expressing concern about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Chris Gahl says Visit Indy opposes the measure and is working to “rally the tourism community” to strengthen the image of the city's hospitality and welcoming environment. The chief executive officer of Gen Con, which brings more than $50 million to Indianapolis each year, sent a letter to Governor Mike Pence Tuesday saying the event could move elsewhere if he signs the bill. You can see the letter from Gen Con LLC Chief Executive Officer Adrian Swartout by clicking here.

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.

You can view full bill by clicking here.

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

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