Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) issued the following statement today after the Indiana General Assembly’s Legislative Council announced the committee would take up his request to include a Civil Rights study during the legislative interim:

“While I don’t think four words and a comma is a difficult concept to grasp, I’m encouraged to see Statehouse Republicans finally including LGBT Civil Rights on our list of topics to be studied.

“For over a decade, the Republican-led Indiana General Assembly has taken misguided action to limit the rights the LGBT community and without ever adequately studying the effects of their proposed actions.

“From the constitutional amendments to ban same-sex marriages, to the hasty passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and an all-out failure to address deficiencies in the civil rights code for the last two years, it’s time to finally take a step into a better future for all Hoosiers, together.

“It is my hope that we move beyond our state of inaction, commit to approving a complete recommendation instead of half measures, and are prepared to pass legislation that protects all Hoosiers next session.

“As the 119th General Assembly draws to a close, this is our final chance to make right on this issue and let Hoosiers know that their friends, family members, and neighbors are all truly protected within the full scope of the law. It is time to do the right thing.”


EDITOR’S NOTE: A copy of the letter sent by Sen. Lanane requesting the committee address full civil rights protections for LGBT Hoosiers can be downloaded at:

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