The mayors of St. Paul and Minneapolis said in a joint statement that the new Indiana “religious objections law” should be reversed. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman and Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges said they “stand with the people of Indiana who refuse to support laws that discriminate against its citizens.”
Ballard says that while the law might be seen as acceptable on its own terms, when it’s combined with Indiana’s lack of legal protections against discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation, “then it has a problem.” He suggested that people outside the state might not understand the situation.
The text of the Hodges-Coleman statement:
We wish to express our unity with the cities in Indiana and across other states where residents, the LGBT community, and mayors are working hard to build inclusive and welcoming communities like ours, but where the negative actions of state legislators and governors have made that important work significantly harder. We faced similar challenges in our state legislature just a few years ago, but we united together and became the 12th state in the nation to legalize marriage for same-sex couples.
While the Governor of Indiana continues to defend his bill, we will stand with the people of Indiana who refuse to support laws that discriminate against its citizens. Legislation that supports discrimination against any citizen of the United States doesn’t need further clarity, it needs to be reversed.
Here in the Twin Cities, we believe that prosperity and growth happen when everyone is welcomed and included in our future.