Today HRC announced its endorsement of pro-equality John Gregg for the Governor of Indiana and Christina Hale for Lieutenant Governor. The office is being vacated by Governor Mike Pence, who became a national disgrace for his shameful “license to discriminate” bill that could have allowed businesses to deny service to LGBTQ people. Following in Pence’s footsteps, Eric Holcomb has refused to support LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections during the campaign — despite the outcry from the business community and a majority of Hoosiers who opposed Pence’s license to discriminate bill.
“John Gregg is a candidate who will stand up and fight to protect all Hoosiers from discrimination, including LGBTQ people,” said HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs JoDee Winterhof. “Eric Holcomb has made it clear that he would continue the same failed policies of Mike Pence that force LGBTQ Hoosiers to live in fear of being fired or denied a job because of who they are or whom they love.”
While the RFRA has had enormous consequences for the business and economic health of Indiana, leading to a flood of companies spoke out against RFRA, Eric Holcomb still won’t support an LGBTQ non-discrimination bill. Indianapolis’s nonprofit tourism agency estimated that in their city alone, Pence’s anti-LGBTQ bill cost up to 12 conventions and $60 million in lost revenue.
HRC’s polling found a majority of Hoosiers opposed the right to discriminate bill. Since then, polling this year by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute found 70 percent of Hoosiers support LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections and that a 58 percent majority oppose RFRA laws.