More than 200 businesses statewide have signed onto a coalition that supports amending Indiana's civil rights code to include protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
Fort Wayne today was the seventh-stop on a seven-city tour to launch Indiana Competes, a non-partisan effort based out of Indianapolis.
The coalition formed just three weeks ago and is growing quickly, said Peter Hanscom, Indiana Competes initiative manager. He spoke today during a downtown event at 816 Pint & Slice pizzeria.
The lack of legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people hurts the state in the areas of talent recruitment, employee retention and creating livable communities, he said.
Hanscom was joined by local business owners Tim Borne, CEO of Asher Agency; Tony Henry, owner of Deer Park Irish Pub; Nena Strickland, broker with Century Homes Realty; and Fort Wayne City Councilman John Crawford.
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