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GLSEN on Indiana "Religious Freedom" Act

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GLSEN Statement on Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s Signing of Religious Freedom Restoration Act

NEW YORK (March 26, 2015) – GLSEN's Executive Director, Dr. Eliza Byard, expressed outrage over Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act after it was passed by the state legislature earlier this week.

“Today's decision by Indiana Governor Mike Pence to sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law sends the terrible and dangerous message that discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals disguised as ‘religious freedom’ is acceptable. With this law, the Indiana legislature and Gov. Pence have made it clear that they consider LGBT lives to be of less value than others, an especially harmful message to send to LGBT youth who are often bullied, harassed and discriminated against at school. We applaud the businesses and organizations that have already taken action against this discriminatory law and call on many more to do the same.”


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