Indiana’s members of the radical, religious right are learning there’s a high cost to bigotry. These are the high profile individuals, organizations and local governments, so far, that have taken action to ensure their dollars are not invested in the Hoosier state and to encourage their employees and customers to boycott the state:
- Salesforce.com cancelled all company events in Indiana including sponsorship of Indy Big Data. CEO announced, “We are forced to dramatically reduce our investment in IN based on our employee’s & customer’s outrage over the Religious Freedom Bill. Today we are canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination.”
- EMC, Cloudera, Pivotal, Isilon, Platfora, Amazon Web Services and Oracle pulled their Indy Big Data sponsorships.
- Heads of Apple, Yelp, and pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly have taken a public stand against the discriminatory law.
- Angie’s List CEO: “We are putting the ‘Ford Building Project’ on hold until we fully understand the implications of the freedom restoration act on our employees, both current and future. Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents.”
- PayPal founder and Affirm CEO Max Levchin: “However it’s dressed up, it’s a signal that discrimination is welcome in this state. I encourage Paypal’s new CEO and other CEOs in Silicon Valley to evaluate their relationship with the state of Indiana.”
- Gen Con video game conventions CEO wrote this letter to Pence in which he reminded Pence that his convention provides a $50 million boost to the Indiana economy and he basically threatened that if the legislation was passed it would “factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years.”
- In sports, the NCAA, the Final Four coaches, former NBA and WNBA players, and even NASCAR came out against the Indiana law. The NCAA said it may look at moving events.
- Mayors in Seattle and San Francisco barred city employees from traveling to Indiana on city expense. The Republican mayor of Indianapolis spoke out against the discriminatory law and signed an executive order banning discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity in his city.
- Travel guide site Gogobot posted this on their Indiana page: “Note: Gogobot is a company that supports equal rights for all people, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity. If you are traveling to or intend to travel to Indiana you should know that on March 26, 2015, the Governor of Indiana signed the religious objections bill into law. Critics of this law say that it may legalize discrimination against travelers due to their sexual orientation.”
The boycotts that came after the passage of Arizona’s “papers please” law were nothing compared to this. Indiana is not only losing business investment, its in danger of losing an entire generation of young, educated adults who will take their education and skills to a more progressive, diverse state.