This is the man of the hour!
Recently, Indiana passed some legislation, stating that employees could refuse service to someone on religious grounds, which was clearly targeting the LGBT community.
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On Monday, Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard let it be known that this is NOT okay and put an executive order into place which states that EVERYONE must follow the city's human rights ordinance, if the business receives government funds in some way. He also called for the state's civil rights laws to include the LGBT community "immediately."
NCAA President Mark Emmert kicked off the overall discussion, saying that he was "very concerned" about any sporting events being held there, including the Final Four, because of the discrimination in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
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So, Ballard agreed and held a press conference where he discussed all of the issues. Most notably, he said:
"Our city thrives because we have welcomed and embraced diversity. And RFRA threatens what thousands have spent decades building. Discrimination is wrong. And I hope that message is being heard loud and clear at our Statehouse. Indianapolis will not be defined by this. Indianapolis welcomes everybody."
You can see his entire press conference (below). Hopefully other lawmakers and politicians follow his lead because the only direction we should be moving is in the direction of equality!
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