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April 9, 2015
What a difference a week makes. Last week, we and others were engaged in negotiations to "fix" Indiana's just-passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Today, we can say that while the situation in our state is far from perfect, we ended up in a place that is both historic and significant.
For the first time in our history, Indiana now recognizes protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity — even if they currently exist in only a few local human rights ordinances.
We are grateful to the corporate community, which was instrumental in rolling back some damaging components of RFRA, and which has stated its commitment to statewide protections for gay and transgender people.
April 2, 2015
State lawmakers today announced an update to the Indiana RFRA to ensure that it cannot be used to discriminate against LGBT Hoosiers in communities with local human rights ordinances in public accommodation, housing or employment. This measure is the first time that Indiana state law has included positive references to sexual orientation and gender identity, and it represents a step in the right direction.
However, to ensure that Indiana state law provides statewide civil rights protections that include sexual orientation or gender identity, we have more work to do. The American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will continue to work diligently on achieving our goal of passing the Fairness for All Hoosiers Act to ensure these protections are achieved.
March 31, 2015
By Jane Henegar, Executive Director, ACLU of Indiana
Repeated attempts by Governor Pence to "clarify" Indiana's RFRA have fueled, instead of calmed, the outrage overtaking Hoosiers and the rest of the country. The governor's actions have not demonstrated sufficiently that discrimination does not define our state.
In a press conference, Pence said "It would be helpful to move legislation this week that makes it clear that this law does not give businesses a right to deny services to anyone," But then he refused to extend protections to LGBT Hoosiers and visitors to Indiana.
March 30, 2015
Today, Freedom Indiana and the ACLU of Indiana announced legislation to fix RFRA and protect LGBT Hoosiers from discrimination. This legislation—the "Fairness for All Hoosiers Act"—is exactly what Indiana needs to begin rebuilding our reputation and undo the harm that RFRA has inflicted on our state.
This common-sense legislation would do two important things:
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.
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When and Where:
Saturday, June 13, 2015
American Legion Mall
North Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
April 8, 2015
On March 26, 2015, in a private ceremony with no media in attendance, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into legislation SB 101, Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Days before, the measure that lawmakers had fast-tracked in the Indiana Senate also passed in the Indiana House of Representatives—despite six attempts to amend the bill to mitigate the most harmful effects. When Gov. Pence signed the RFRA into law, the public outcry, from grassroots supporters, businesses, convention leaders, sports organizations, faith leaders, national and local civil rights organizations and celebrities in and outside Indiana, was immediate and deafening. This backlash forced the governor and lawmakers to update the law to recognize, for the first time in history, protections in Indiana based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Unfortunately, these protections currently exist only in a few local human rights ordinances.
Several communities in the state of Indiana have human rights ordinances that provide enforceable protections against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, including Indianapolis/Marion County; Lafayette/West Lafayette/Tippecanoe County and New Albany. HROs also exist in other communities, including Michigan City, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Muncie, Terre Haute, Bloomington/Monroe County and Evansville, and are being considered in several others. The landscape is changing every day. Read The Indianapolis Star, April 6, 2015 about local HROs.
April 7, 2015
In the fall of 1953, a group of interested people, among them respected lawyers, doctors and universityfaculty, met at the Lincoln Hotel in Indianapolis to discuss organizing an Indiana chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Irving Fink, along with several others, was among those who led this effort, and who founded the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.
On April 5, 2015, the 95 year-old civil rights lawyer passed away. To those who knew him and to the many, many people who have benefited from his extraordinary generosity, he will be greatly missed.
Fink once said, "The cases that meant the most to me were the cases where I didn't earn a dime."
Funeral services will be held at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, 6501 North Meridian Street, on Tuesday, April 7 at 11 a.m. The family requests that contributions in his memory be made to the ACLU of Indiana. Click here to make a contribution in his memory.
Read more about his exceptional life and accomplishments here:
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."