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Thursday, 09 April 2015 15:43

The Mayors In Suburban Indianapolis Oppose The Religious Freedom Restoration Act And Attempt To Reassure Local Businesses

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Although the Indiana Governor signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, all the same, the suburbs of the state rebel against this act.

A survey by the Indianapolis Star revealed that community leaders from the suburban Indianapolis don't agree at all with the law that was signed.

Marion County, for example, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in local stores and it may no longer be the only one in the region because leaders in suburban Indianapolis are already thinking about expanding their protection laws.

Republican mayors Jim Brainard of Carmel, Scott Fadness of Fishers and John Ditslear of Noblesville, as well as Shelbyville Democratic Mayor Tom DeBaun each told The Star they would support providing further protections for sexual orientation and gender identity in state law, or through local ordinances.

Like the governor of Michigan, who recently promised to veto the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, these local leaders focusing on the negative economic impact that such a law subjected to businesses.

Jim Brainard, Republican Mayor of Carmel, told the Star that company directors of his city (there are 31.320 companies in Carmel) have not stopped calling him, concerned about the newly adopted law in the state.

Note that Brainard supported a decree prohibiting employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in 2009.
Carmel is not an isolated case. Many Indiana mayors are trying to reassure the local companies as reported by the IndyStar.


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