Press Release

AFT's Weingarten on Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act

For Release: 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015


Richard A. Fowler
202/393-6355; Cell: 202/412-7745

WASHINGTON— Statement by American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten on the passage of Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act and Gov. Mike Pence's announced intentions to fix to the law:

"We have fought for generations for people to be treated equally under the law—including access to schools, public accommodations, housing and voting, to name a few. That is what promotes democracy, justice, pluralism, tolerance and opportunity in this country. The 'religious freedom' law moves starkly in the opposite direction.

"That is why Hoosiers and non-Hoosier alike—whether they're business leaders, educators, nurses, public employees or other members of the community—have denounced this law as discriminatory and demand that it be fixed or repealed. All eyes are on Gov. Pence and state lawmakers to see if they truly do the right thing so that everyone has the freedoms and liberties that they claim they are so anxious to protect."

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The AFT represents 1.7 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.