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Indiana Chamber votes to support LGBT community by expanding civil rights legislation

INDIANA (WFIE) -

Indiana's LGBT community got some good news Thursday morning. 

The state Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted to support an expansion of the state's civil rights legislation. It will include protection for sexual orientation and gender identity. Supporters think this action will boost the state's business competitiveness and enhance respect for all employers and employees.

"Basically it's good for business in Indiana, we also had the backlash of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act this past year," said Wally Paynter with Tri-State Alliance. "For the state to continue to grow and to compete, we need to be seen as a progressive state."

The chamber president says he believes this support secures the reputation of the state as hospitable and welcoming.

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