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Pro-LGBT rights group nabs NCAA, doubles in size within 2 weeks

Indiana Competes now has more than 300 businesses supporting greater civil rights for LGBT community

In just two weeks, a coalition of businesses supporting LGBT rights has more than doubled in size.

One of the biggest addition to Indiana Competes came on Wednesday, when the NCAA national office announced that it would be part of the group pushing for greater civil rights for gays, lesbians and the transgender community.  But the coalition has expanded to include more than 300 businesses since it was officially announced on December 2, and it includes some of the biggest employers in Indiana, such as Eli Lilly, IU Health, Cummins, Anthem and Allison Transmission (disclosure: Emmis Communications, parent company of WIBC, is also an Indiana Competes member). 

“The NCAA national office in Indianapolis supports making Indiana a welcoming and inclusive place for people to work, live and enjoy," said Bernard Franklin, Chief Inclusion Officer & Executive Vice President of the NCAA's national office.  

Opposition from businesses to the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act were the impetus behind an amendment to the law hastily passed during the 2015 legislative session.  The "fix" said that businesses could not use RFRA as a defense against claims of discrimination in the providing of services.  Business leaders said the lingering effect of the RFRA fight, which received national attention, was an impediment to the recruiting of new businesses and workers to the state.  The legislature will consider a bill that would expand civil rights protections to the LGBT community during the 2016 session that begins in January.

 

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In just two weeks, a coalition of businesses supporting LGBT rights has more than doubled in size.

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