MINNEAPOLIS (April 3, 2015) — The Minneapolis City Council on Friday passed a resolution calling on Indiana and 27 other states to offer protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in housing, employment and public accommodations. The resolution also calls on those states to establish this group of people as a protected class.
The resolution is in response to Indiana’s recent adoption of the so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” which gave individuals and businesses in that state the right based on religious belief to discriminate against a person because of that person’s sexual orientation. That law was amended late yesterday to include protections for the LGBT community.
“The actions we took today and this week in response to Indiana’s law made a difference,” said Mayor Betsy Hodges. “We helped move the Governor Pence and the Indiana Legislature to substantively revise the discriminatory law. We supported the Indianapolis Mayor Ballard, the City–County Council, and the LGBT community of Indiana in their efforts to build an inclusive state. We helped other states make the wise decision to back down from passing similar discriminatory laws. We demonstrated to City employees that we value their safety. We showed our residents that we will stand up for our shared values. And we reminded America that progressive, inclusive and welcoming cities like Minneapolis are also prosperous, thriving cities.”
“Minneapolis is pleased that Indiana amended their law but much remains to be done across the country to include protection from discrimination for LGBT citizens,” said City Council President Barbara Johnson, who authored the resolution. “We are happy to support Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the Indianapolis City-County Council as they call for changes to State law.”
The full resolution is available on the City of Minneapolis website.
Governor Mark Dayton issued his own released on Friday concerning recent actions in the State of Indiana.
“I am proud of Minnesota for the progress we have achieved to protect the rights and dignity of all people in our state,” Dayton said. “The most recent actions taken by the Governor and Legislature of Indiana may conform to the standards of federal law, but they do not meet the high standards of equal protection we have enacted in Minnesota. Still, based upon their corrective actions, I do not believe a travel ban to Indiana is necessary at this time.”