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March 27, 2015
The timing of this legislation is all important to understanding its intent: the bill was introduced as a backlash reaction to achieving marriage equality for same-sex couples in Indiana.
Unfortunately, the Indiana law is written more broadly than the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993. For instance, a critical difference is that SB 101 would allow for-profit businesses, employees and individuals—basically anyone—to assert a legal claim or defense of free exercise of religion in a legal proceeding, regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding. This is virtually without precedent.
Mark your calendar for First Wednesdays in Lafayette on April 1! We're convening a lively panel to discuss recent developments in the Indiana Statehouse on the religious freedom bill. What impacts will it have in Indiana? Find out from a panel that includes moderator Dave Bangert of the Lafayette Journal & Courier; Jane Henegar, executive director of the ACLU of Indiana; Hon. John Dennis, Mayor of West Lafayette, and Pastors Jeff Mikels and Peter Bunder. The event is part of our statewide First Wednesdays series. Smart, civil and only an hour.
"RFRA: What Impact Could it Have on Indiana?"
Wednesday, April 1, 12-1 p.m. – Check-in begins at 11:30
Tippecanoe County Public Library
627 South Street
Lafayette, IN 47901
From First Amendment topics of free speech and religious liberty, to the privacy issues posed by emerging technologies, to marriage equality and community policing — at your request over the past year we've taken our popular First Wednesdays lunchtime discussions to communities in Evansville, South Bend, Muncie, Fort Wayne and Gary.
In 2015, we'll be taking these conversations once again to six more communities statewide! Sign up for ACLU email alerts to stay informed about events near you and ways you can take action on issues.
Join the ACLU of Indiana and Indiana University Southeast Civil Liberties Union (IUSCLU) for the annual Spring Forum in New Albany. Katie Blair, ACLU of Indiana Director of Advocacy will present "Know Your Rights When Encountering the Police." More details coming soon!
When and Where:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Indiana University Southeast
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, Indiana 47150
Thurs., March 26, 2015
Today the ACLU of Indiana filed a Notice of Voluntary Dismissal in Christina Osborn and Jessica Hillyer v. Lawrenceburg Community School Corporation, a case filed just two days ago.
ACLU of Indiana Staff Attorney Kelly Eskew made this comment about the case:
"We are thrilled that Lawrenceburg High School Athletics has recognized that it's unconstitutional to exclude women from a school-sponsored event. Opening up the Sports Social to include women was the right thing to do."
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thurs., March 26, 2015
American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar said today:
"The timing of this legislation is all important to understanding its intent: the bill was introduced as a backlash reaction to achieving marriage equality for same-sex couples in Indiana," said Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana executive director. "We are deeply disappointed that the governor and state lawmakers have been tone-deaf to the cries of legions of Hoosiers--including businesses, convention leaders, faith communities and more than 10,000 people who signed petitions against the bill--who say they don't want this harmful legislation to impair the reputation of our state and harm our ability to attract the best and brightest to Indiana."
On Monday, March 16th, Freedom Indiana and the ACLU of Indiana will take the campaign to defeat the so-called "religious freedom" bill, or RFRA, to the Indiana Statehouse.
If RFRA passes, it would grant any individual or any business the right to use their religious beliefs to ignore any law they choose. It would do irreversible harm to Indiana businesses and to our state economy. In addition, it would tell thousands of LGBT Hoosiers that they just aren't welcome in their home state.
We invite all our supporters to join us— IN RED —to show lawmakers the overwhelming number of Hoosiers who oppose this harmful bill, which would grant individuals and businesses a "license to discriminate" against LGBT Hoosiers under the guise of religious beliefs. We'll gather at the Statehouse on Monday, March 16 at 8:30 a.m. Click here to RSVP now!
Also, if you know you can't make it, it's critical that you contact your legislators before Monday. Take a minute now to call them using our simple, easy click to call tool. Just click here to get started.