Mayor Winnecke responds to Religious Freedom Restoration Act

EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) - Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke issued the following statement on his Facebook page Friday in regards to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act being signed into law:

Today is an important day in history, as it marks the City of Evansville's 203rd birthday. Let's recognize this day by celebrating one of our great strengths --- our open and welcoming nature.

In Indianapolis this week, the so-called "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" was signed into law.

I'm concerned that this new law sends the wrong message about our state, a message that contradicts what I know to be true about the citizens of Evansville. I see a city of mutual respect and inclusion. I see a city with a proud record of attracting diverse businesses and visitors.

We must continue to be a community of hospitality, warmth and with a desire to treat everyone with respect. That is how I will continue to lead.

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