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Angie’s List rejects changes to Indiana religious freedom law as ‘insufficient’


Angie’s List, which last week halted a $40 million expansion in Indianapolis, has become the first major local company to reject the deal hammered out by Indiana legislators to “fix” the state’s widely criticized religious freedom law.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle called the plan “insufficient.”

“Our position is that this ‘fix’ is insufficient,” Angie’s CEO Bill Oesterle said in a statement Thursday morning. “There was no repeal of RFRA and no end to discrimination of homosexuals in Indiana.”

The legislative proposal, announced Thursday morning, would make sexual orientation and gender identity explicitly protected against discrimination in new law. But the proposal otherwise keeps intact the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence.

Oesterle said that even with the proposed change, “Employers in most of the state of Indiana can fire a person simply for being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or questioning.

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Leading LGBT rights groups, including Lambda Legal and the Human Rights Campaign, say the proposed changes “far short of adding non-discrimination protections for LGBT Hoosiers to the state’s civil rights laws.”

Angie’s List is headquartered in Indianapolis.

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