Indiana’s Anti-Gay Law Prompts Thousands Of Businesses To Stand Up For Diversity
Written by: Huffington Post, Robbie Couch
Indiana’s controversial “religious freedom” bill was signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence last Thursday, but one grassroots campaign promoting inclusion is growing in its aftermath — and rapidly.
Open For Service, an initiative aimed at supporting “businesses that open their doors for everyone — black, white, gay, straight, Christian, atheist, disabled,” is selling stickers to businesses so they can display their stance against discrimination for the public to see. Participating businesses also get their name placed into an online business directory accessible to consumers.
Since the campaign’s March 11 launch, 3,121 businesses have signed up to be included in the directory and purchased a $10 sticker — which reads, “this business serves everyone” — a representative of Open For Service told The Huffington Post in an email.
“I am still playing catch-up from everything that is happening,” Josh Driver, the Indianapolis-based philanthropist behind the initiative, told NUVO News of the campaign’s quick growth.
In a statement provided to HuffPost, Driver said he wanted to launch the campaign because he thought the media was focusing too much on businesses that have turned people away based on who they are, and he wants to “bring positivity back and promote those who believe in an ‘open door economy.’”
Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act has drawn criticism from across the country over its alleged enabling of businesses to discriminate against customers. However, Gov. Pence — who said he would back legislation that “[clarifies] the intent” of the law — told The Indianapolis Star its passing wasn’t about legalizing discrimination.
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