The Journal Gazette
Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10:39 am

Reactions to RFRA

"Since late last week, we have urged state leaders that additional action is required. We communicated that a legislative fix must be significant and make it crystal clear that the law does not in any way open the door for discrimination of any kind toward any individual or group of individuals.

"Unfortunately, Indiana has taken a tremendous hit to its national identity as a welcoming and hospitable state. The business community is concerned about losing contracts and customers for a law that it did not support and did not want to see happen. Hoosier businesses want nothing more than to continue to serve their customers in the state, nationwide and beyond."

Kevin Brinegar, president and CEO of the Indiana Chamber

"We are canceling our May 7 show at the Murat in Indianapolis. The ‘Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act"’ feels like thinly disguised legal discrimination to us. Hope to get back to the Hoosier State someday soon, when this odious measure is repealed.

– A statement from members of Wilco, a Chicago-based band

"While Indiana University hopes that the controversy of the past few days will move the state government to reconsider this unnecessary legislation, the damage already done to Indiana’s reputation is such that all public officials and public institutions in our state need to reaffirm our absolute commitment to the Hoosier values of fair treatment and non-discrimination.

"For its part, Indiana University remains steadfast in our longstanding commitment to value and respects the benefits of a diverse society. It is a fundamental core value of our culture at Indiana University and one that we cherish."

– Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie

"Hoosier hospitality is about making all people feel welcome in our state. At Visit Fort Wayne, we will continue to welcome, assist, and serve all visitors to our city.

"Fort Wayne is a diverse and inclusive destination that welcomes visitors from all walks of life. As such, we believe there will be no change in the hospitality and services shown to guests to our city/county. Fort Wayne will continue to serve all visitors with dignity, respect, and exceptional service. We are not aware of any Fort Wayne-based establishment that intends to change its business practices as a result of this law – other than to explicitly welcome everyone."

– Visit Fort Wayne President and CEO Dan O’Connell

"In the context of the current state and national conversation related to Indiana’s recent legislation, it is important to reaffirm that Ball State University has long been committed to a vibrant and diverse community and will not tolerate discrimination."

– Ball State University President Paul Ferguson

"I ask that Gov. Pence honor the values of his alma mater. At Hanover College we celebrate inclusion, acceptance and openness to all persons. We do this not only because it represents the very best of what it means to be a Hoosier, but also because it is morally the right thing to do.

"We also ask that Gov. Pence work generously and meaningfully to ensure the freedoms and the dignity of all individuals, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation."   

– Hanover College President Sue DeWine

"As an independent Lutheran University, we will continue to welcome people of all faiths, cultures, and walks of life to join us in this community of dialogue across difference under our distinctive Lutheran model of education. And we will continue this commitment even when our elected leaders make decisions, like the RFRA, that operate in contradiction to our values. We will seek to model for our state and nation what it can be like to live in a community of love and mutual respect."

– Valparaiso University President Mark A. Heckler

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