Brinegar: RFRA Law is Unnecessary, but Indiana Remains Open for Business


16891298Indiana Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Kevin Brinegar comments on SB 101, the Religious Freedom Restoration bill, becoming law today and the reaction to that:

“In our eyes, the law is entirely unnecessary. The reactions to it are not unexpected or unpredicted; passing the law was always going to bring the state unwanted attention.

“Yet we are optimistic that the public overall will continue to look to Indiana as a place to come to do business, attend a convention or enjoy a sporting event. Indiana has shown time and time again – whether it’s hosting the Super Bowl or working with companies to bring new jobs to the state – that it’s full of individuals and businesses who are truly welcoming and hospitable.

“Businesses are open for business and want to continue to serve customers in Indiana and throughout the country. That’s the message we are hearing from our members and want to communicate.”

4 thoughts on “Brinegar: RFRA Law is Unnecessary, but Indiana Remains Open for Business

  1. The law very clearly sends a message that if you are in a minority group, stay out of Indiana because your existence is worth less than others. There’s no escaping this as fact. Any bigot is legally protected in discriminating against you if they site religious belief as their grounds. As a Methodist and as a married man of 10 years with my partner, I can’t visit the state and know I am afforded protection against discrimination because of who I and the other half are. Nothing you can say changes that unfortunately.

  2. Despite you message you are open for business for all, your new discrimination law screams the contrary. You can kiss your $4.4 billion convention business goodbye, as companies booking in your state will be viewed as a business that supports legal discrimination. Indiana already didn’t have much to offer convention attendees, and now you have made meeting planning choices, such as mine, much easier.

  3. “Yet we are optimistic that the public overall will continue to look to Indiana as a place to come to do business, attend a convention or enjoy a sporting event. Indiana has shown time and time again – whether it’s hosting the Super Bowl or working with companies to bring new jobs to the state – that it’s full of individuals and businesses who are truly welcoming and hospitable.”

    You are dreaming if you truly believe that people will think Indiana is still a place to come and do anything. I will do any in my power to physically avoid your state and will refrain from purchasing products from the state. This bill is despicable and reflects badly on every person living and working in the state.

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