Spencer Pride Inc. Statement on the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”

The Spencer Pride, Inc. Board of Directors is firmly opposed to the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” that was signed into law this week by Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

We believe that this law provides a license to businesses throughout the state to discriminate against many groups, including the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, & intersex communities.  We believe that this law is not right for Indiana, does not accurately represent true Hoosier Hospitality, & simply exists as a response to recent momentum in marriage equality.

We applaud the many for-profit and not-for-profit companies & organizations, as well as the countless citizens and elected officials who have come forth to share similar perspectives and beliefs.

We are rooted in Spencer, Indiana and most of our volunteers are native or life-long Hoosiers.  Indiana is home for us and we hope that this new law (scheduled to take effect in July of this year) will not negatively impact the state due to the potential pull-out of various businesses, conferences, and other elements which impact our economy.

We encourage the Indiana State Legislature to repeal this law.