Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing

Marriott President and CEO Arne Sorenson has joined the call for Indiana to fix its discriminatory anti-LGBT religious refusal bill.

In a video released this morning on MSNBC, Sorenson stated,

“The legislation in Indiana -- and there are some bills being considered in other states -- is not just pure idiocy from a business perspective -- and it is that -- the notion that you can tell businesses somehow that they are free to discriminate against people based on who they are is madness.”

Marriott, an HRC Corporate Partner, stands beside Apple CEO Tim Cook, Subaru’s Director of Corporate Communications, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and local employers, including Alcoa, Cummins, Eli Lilly & Co., and Salesforce, who have also spoken out against the new law, warning that it is bad for business.

A number of Indiana's corporate leaders -- including Angie's List, Anthem, Cummins, Dow AgroSciences, Eli Lilly and Co., Emmis Communications, IU Health, Roche Diagnostics and Salesforce Marketing signed onto a letter in opposition of the act.

Last night, Indianapolis City County Council voted 22 to 4 to condemn the act and called on legislature to make it clear that discrimination is not a Hoosier value. Indianapolis Mayor Greg

HRC has endorsed “The Fairness for All Hoosiers Act” as a solution to stop the damage. The proposed legislation would updating the state’s civil rights laws against discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations to provide protections for LGBT Hoosiers, and clarify that the recently enacted Indiana religious discrimination law cannot be used to allow discrimination prohibited under state or local laws.

The first bill of its kind passed into law this year, the Indiana law is a part of an onslaught of anti-LGBT bills being introduced around the country targeting LGBT people.

Major companies, including Wal-Mart, Gap Inc, Levi Strauss & CO., and Apple, have opposed similar legislation in other states out of concern that they undermine existing civil rights law and deeply harm the business climate of states in which they are passed.

Currently, there are more than 85 anti-LGBT bills in 28 state legislatures. To learn more about the rising tide of anti-LGBT legislation swelling across the country, click here.

Filed under: Religion & Faith, Workplace

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