Tuesday, a group of Indiana representatives (a “summer study committee”) held a hearing on adding gender identity and sexual orientation to the state’s nondiscrimination laws. Indiana business weighed in. The donor base is basically telling GOPers to move on. Several major Indiana-based companies, including Cummins, Eli Lilly and CloudOne, along with representatives from the Indy Chamber and Indiana Chamber of Commerce addressed lawmakers.
Shannon Heider said, director of state government relations for Cummins: “This is a financial issue for us. We are a global company solving global problems, but our headquarters are here in Indiana.”
Heider said the company has lost “strong, high performing employees” who cited a negative perception toward the LGBT community in Indiana, since Gov. Mike Pence signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law.
John McDonald, CEO of CoudOne recalled how a venture capital firm reacted when the RFRA was signed into law by Pence: “The very first question out of their VP was to ask what the hell is going on in Indiana?”
It never seems to actually sink in that discrimination is bad for business. As a governor Pence should be defending Indiana businesses. Instead he is defending Christianity. It makes no sense at all.