INDIANAPOLIS—Senate Democratic Leader Tim Lanane (D-Anderson) released the following statement in response to an announcement made by the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) to hire a public relations firm to repair the state’s post-RFRA image:

“Here’s an idea to mend our state’s image that doesn’t cost a dime: Outlaw discrimination and guarantee protections for sexual orientation and gender identity by amending our state’s Civil Rights Act.

“The actions announced today by the IEDC are an admission by the governor that more must be done to clean up the mess they created with RFRA.

“Tuesday, we’ll offer an amendment to take the next step. We’ll commit to studying how Indiana will work to make the LGBT community a protected class.

“After realizing their grave misstep, Statehouse Republicans committed to further discussion of this issue.

“We look forward to cementing that commitment tomorrow by voting to begin the process on how to fully protect all Hoosiers from discrimination.”