Organizations and companies including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Dow AgroSciences and the NCAA have released statements in support of the new language designed to clarify the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Indianapolis-based Angie's List Inc. (Nasdaq: ANGI) Chief Executive Officer Bill Oesterle disagrees, calling the amendment “insufficient.”

April 2, 2015

News Release

“We are very pleased the Indiana legislature is taking action to amend Senate Bill 101 so that it is clear individuals cannot be discriminated against. NCAA core values call for an environment that is inclusive and non-discriminatory for our student-athletes, membership, fans, staff and their families. We look forward to the amended bill being passed quickly and signed into law expeditiously by the governor.”

– Mark Emmert, NCAA president

Source: NCAA

April 2, 2015

News Release

Bloomington, Ind. — Indiana University expresses its appreciation and support for this clarifying language, which ensures that nothing in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act will provide legal protection for, or in any way promote or permit, discrimination in any form on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or their race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity or military service. We are grateful for the hard work and good intentions of those who have earnestly labored in recent days to address this problem.

Indiana University asks all Hoosiers to remember that religious liberty and equal protection under the law are both cornerstones of our democracy and they should not be in conflict with each other. Our system of government works best when people of good will come together to reconcile their differences and find common ground.

We are pleased that this has happened in this situation, and it is our hope and expectation that this clarification will now allow all Hoosiers to put this matter behind us and work together to promote a better image and indeed a better future for the State of Indiana.

Source: Indiana University

April 2, 2015

Statement from Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle on Senate Bill 50

“Our position is that this “fix” is insufficient. There was no repeal of RFRA and no end to discrimination of homosexuals in Indiana. Employers in most of the state of Indiana can fire a person simply for being Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender or Questioning. That’s just not right and that’s the real issue here. Our employees deserve to live, work and travel with open accommodations in any part of the state.”

Source: Angie's List Inc.

April 2, 2015

Statement From Dow AgroSciences on Senate Bill 50

Dow AgroSciences believes that Indiana Senate Bill 50 addresses the key concerns with the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). We appreciate the speed with which the leadership of the General Assembly has moved to rectify the RFRA. We now urge the Indiana House and Senate to promptly pass this bill and Governor Pence to sign it into law. We have been concerned about the lack of clarity of the RFRA law and how it could have potentially impacted our employees and visitors to the State of Indiana. Dow AgroSciences continues to support a diverse environment for our employees to live and work free from discrimination.

Source: Dow AgroSciences

April 2, 2015

News Release

April 2, 2015 — Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar reacts to the proposed clarification to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA):

“Our state has suffered tremendously the past week. It was absolutely essential to clarify and affirm that Indiana’s RFRA law does not permit discrimination against any person or group of people. The legislative amendment spells out that Indiana will not permit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. That’s what businesses and individuals from around the state, country and world needed to hear.

“We believe this effort begins to help re-establish Indiana’s identity as a welcoming place and will go a long way toward reversing the tide of negative sentiments that has threatened our state’s economy.

“We encourage the General Assembly to pass this legislation in a bipartisan fashion today to show the nation that Indiana is united in sending the message that our state is a hospitable one which does not discriminate.”

Source: Indiana Chamber of Commerce

April 2, 2015

Statement From Indy Chamber Chief Executive Officer Michael Huber

“Today, our state took a major step in the right direction in efforts to protect the rights of all Hoosiers. We still have much to do to strengthen non-discrimination policies across the state, which is imperative to our efforts to attract jobs and talent to our region.

We should all be very proud of our city. When faced with this great adversity, we did what Hoosiers do best, we came together to right the ship and shift focus to reflect who we are as a state and as people…welcoming to ALL.”

– Michael Huber, President and CEO, Indy Chamber

About Indy Chamber

The Indy Chamber is the voice of progress and improvement for the Indianapolis region's business community. With membership of nearly 2,300 businesses representing 230,000 employees in the Indianapolis region, the Indy Chamber is leading the effort to strengthen the business climate, improve the state of education, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the region's workforce. In 2012, the Indy Chamber merged with Indy Partnership, Develop Indy, and Business Ownership Initiative. For more information about the Indy Chamber, visit IndyChamber.com.

Source: Indy Chamber

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