As it turns out, we can't wish RFRA away.
No, the damage done by the Religious Freedom Restoration Act lives on. And it's costing Indiana in ways critical to its economy.
If you doubt that, consider a recent email Indiana State Fair Commission executive director Cindy Hoye sent to local convention, business, political and community leaders. In the email, Hoye noted with disappointment that Indianapolis recently lost out on a bid to become the 2018 and 2019 convention host for the International Association of Fairs and Expositions. That organization bills its massive four-day convention as the nation's "largest event serving fairs, shows, exhibitions, and expositions."
"The IAFE Board was presented pros and cons about each destination," Hoye wrote. "RFRA was listed as a negative to choosing Indy and the IAFE Board voted to take their convention to San Antonio. … More work must continue."A quick three second Google search reveals that Texas also has the RFRA. Of course, Tully never mentions this fact in his column which would have been the intellectually honest thing to do. Likewise Tully apparently never bothered to ask Hoye about this fact or to even demand Hoye provide some proof of her claim. Hoye's statement fits Tully and the Star's agenda, so why question it?
Tully goes on to say that in order to stay competitive in attracting conferences such as the IAFE's Indiana needs to expand its anti-discrimination law that includes sexual orientation.
You know what Texas does not have? An anti-discrimination law that includes sexual orientation.
How long is Indy going to have to put up with a political columnist who has no interest in sparking community conversation with an honest presentation of the facts?