Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) has once again filed a bill to amend the state’s civil rights statutes. The federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in any state on the basis of race, color, religion, sex and national origin. Sen. Lanane’s bill would add statewide protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity and strengthen protections on the basis of disability, veteran status or ancestry.

“No Hoosier should be fired from a job or denied housing solely because of whom they love or whom they choose to marry. My bill simply extends protections already in place to be more inclusive of the people who live and work in our state. It is hard to believe that nearly five years after the RFRA debacle, a person may still be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Only by amending our state civil rights act to affirmatively outlaw such discrimination do we finally declare that Indiana welcomes and protects everyone.”