(INDIANAPOLIS) — Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar reacts to the demise of Senate Bill 344, which contained civil rights protections for sexual orientation:

“Compromise should not be viewed as a four-letter word. Extremely passionate advocates and opponents on this issue have deemed compromise of any kind a bad outcome – when compromise is typically how things get done in the Legislature.

“It’s frustrating and disappointing that the Senate was unable to move this critical issue forward. Senators Holdman and Long deserve credit for their efforts, but the bottom line is that this inaction – coupled with the RFRA black eye last spring -- leaves Indiana at a disadvantage in the recruitment, attraction and retention of talented individuals.

“All of our state leaders must find a way to work together to craft a solution; the Indiana Chamber will continue to advocate for expanded civil rights protections.”

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