Indiana’s So-Called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” uses the guise of religious freedom to condone discrimination against the LGBT community
San Francisco – Today, Supervisors Scott Wiener and David Campos will introduce a resolution denouncing Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which provides individuals and businesses a license to discriminate against individuals. The resolution also calls for City Departments and private businesses to end business relations with the State of Indiana.
“This law is an attack against the LGBT community and basic human rights and has no place in our country,” said Supervisor Wiener. “I’m proud that Mayor Ed Lee, Saleseforce CEO Mark Benioff, and business, political, and cultural leaders around the country have shown such strong leadership against this measure. Now the Board of Supervisors can join those making it clear to the State of Indiana that this law is offensive and a violation of our most basic principles.”
The Indiana State Legislature passed Senate Bill 101, and Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed the bill into law on March 25, 2015. The law allows any individual or company to refuse service to LGBT people if the owner believes doing so would violate the practice and observation of their religion. The law would allow individuals to act upon personal homophobia, provided they claim it is offensive to their religious beliefs.
The resolution calls on City Departments to refrain from entering into any new or amended contracts with companies headquartered in Indiana, and to review existing contracts with any companies headquartered in Indiana to explore opportunities to discontinue these contracts. Mayor Ed Lee has already directed all City Departments to ban any publicly-funded City employee travel to the state of Indiana.
The resolution will also discourage private companies doing business with the State of Indiana or participating in conventions or conferences in Indiana. Salesforce CEO Mark Benioff has already demonstrated leadership in this area by cancelling all travel to Indiana by Salesforce employees.
The resolution will be voted on next week by the Board of Supervisors.