The fallout from Indiana’s religious freedom act continued on Thursday as businesses and organizations around the country reacted to a proposed legislative fix.
At a press conference on Thursday morning, House Speaker Brian Bosma said the intention of the law would be addressed legislatively and would not allow for discrimination against any person or group.
“What was intended as a message of inclusion, inclusion of all religious beliefs, was interpreted as a message of exclusion, especially for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community,” Bosma said.
Eli Lilly, the Indiana pharmaceutical giant, took a public stand against the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) from the beginning. On Thursday, the company released a statement that supports changes to the bill.
“This revision makes the language consistent with human rights ordinances throughout Indiana,” read the statement. “We appreciate the speed with which the leadership of the General Assembly has moved to address RFRA. We look forward to the legislature passing the bill and the governor signing it into law.”
NCAA President Mark Emmert said he is “pleased” by moves to amend the law.
“We are very pleased the Indiana legislature is taking action to amend Senate Bill 101 so that it is clear individuals cannot be discriminated against. NCAA core values call for an environment that is inclusive and non-discriminatory for our student-athletes, membership, fans, staff and their families. We look forward to the amended bill being passed quickly and signed into law expeditiously by the governor.”
Indiana University also supported the changes and “expressed its appreciation for this clarifying language” in a statement released Thursday.
“Indiana University expresses its appreciation and support for this clarifying language, which ensures that nothing in the Religious Freedom Restoration Act will provide legal protection for, or in any way promote or permit, discrimination in any form on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation or their race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity or military service. We are grateful for the hard work and good intentions of those who have earnestly labored in recent days to address this problem.”
—Reuters contributed to this report.