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Joint statement by SPJ President Dana Neuts, SDX Foundation President Robert Leger on Indiana’s RFRA



April 2, 2015

Dana Neuts, SPJ National President, 360-920-1737 (PDT), dneuts@spj.org
Robert Leger, SDX Foundation National President, 602-444-8138 (MST), Robert.leger@arizonarepublic.com
Jennifer Royer, SPJ Communications Strategist, 317-361-4134, jroyer@spj.org

"The Society of Professional Journalists and the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, are pleased that Indiana legislators have proposed changes to Senate Bill 101 that make it clear that discrimination is not tolerated in Indiana. SPJ and SDX do not and will not discriminate in terms of employment, membership or advancement in leadership. As an Indiana-based organization we are disappointed that such an ambiguous law was even considered. We encourage lawmakers to swiftly pass and the governor to sign into law the amended bill clarifying their intentions, leaving no doubt that discrimination against the LGBTQ community will not be allowed in Indiana, now or in the future. We hope lawmakers will continue to discuss laws that will fully protect all members of society, including the LGBTQ community.”

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