INDIANAPOLIS – On Thursday, Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement after legislative leaders announced topics to be considered before the 2016 legislative session.

“I am frustrated my colleagues felt strengthening our state’s civil rights protection did not merit legislative study.

“I am fearful some have failed to absorb the lessons imparted this past session.

“Lessons like how embarrassingly deficient Indiana Civil Rights protections are for LGBT Hoosiers.

“Lessons like that in the vast majority of cities and towns in our state, it’s perfectly legal to fire someone for being gay.

“The gap between everyday Hoosiers – who readily oppose discrimination – and the Indiana Legislature – which continues to advance social policy more befitting of the 1850’s – is only growing.

“It did happen and the only way to truly rebuild our state’s tattered image is to outlaw discrimination against our LGBT neighbors, period.

“No matter how hard they try to obstruct it, our governor and his allies in the legislature cannot hold back progress any longer.

“Senate Democrats will move this conversation forward and my colleagues and I plan to file legislation next session banning discrimination against LGBT Hoosiers.

“We know what everyday Hoosiers know: that there’s no place for discrimination in the Hoosier state.

“We’ll continue to fight to make that a reality.”