Indianapolis City-County Council: Indy Welcomes All
Passes Proposal 120 Overwhelmingly – Rejecting RFRA
Indianapolis – With a bi-partisan support, Indianapolis City-County Councilors passed Proposal 120 Monday night. Proposal 120 opposes SEA 101, also known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act or RFRA, which was passed by the Indiana General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Pence.
City/County Council President Maggie Lewis said “with this vote, the Council has stated simply and clearly that the people of Indianapolis are against discrimination – no exceptions.”
Since the passage of RFRA, the city of Indianapolis has seen the economic consequences of the General Assembly’s actions, with a large employer halting expansion plans, multiple conventions expressing second thoughts about working with Visit Indy, and concern expressed by long-term partners from the sports world including the NCAA, the NFL, and our own Indiana Pacers and Fever.
“Proposal 120 sends a crystal clear message across the nation and the world that Indianapolis is a welcoming and diverse city – and we reject legislation at the state level that suggests otherwise” said Council Vice President John Barth.
Proposal 120 opposes SEA 101, encourages the Indiana General Assembly to amend the Civil Rights section of the Indiana Code include sexual orientation and to uphold and protect local anti-discrimination ordinances.
“Indianapolis residents and visitors should feel confident that our city welcomes everyone. All the proof you need is to see all the groups opposing this state action. Business leaders, Indianapolis City-County Council, faith groups, advocates and community groups are working together in strong partnership to fight imposition of this discriminatory law,” said Lewis.