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President Casey on Indiana's Religious Freedom Restoration Act

March 29, 2015

DePauw University President Brian W. Casey today issued the following statement regarding Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act:

“Several days ago, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.  Since then, we have all watched reaction to this bill and have seen the damage done to the State of Indiana, its institutions, and its citizens.  We have heard from those who fear this law will lead to discrimination, and we have heard from business leaders who are concerned this law will damage their ability to attract leading talent to our state.

“I am, by practice, reluctant to comment in any way on current political matters.  As president of a university, I must do all I can to ensure that the free exchange of ideas is both protected and nurtured.  I would not want any statement from me to chill discussion on DePauw’s campus on any issue.  Legislation that has the effect of either encouraging or condoning discrimination, however, must be addressed.

“I join with other Indiana corporations, leaders in industry, and institutions of higher education and urge the Governor and the legislature to take all steps necessary to address the harm this legislation has caused.  We must affirm that the State of Indiana is a place that welcomes and respects all citizens and visitors regardless of their race, religion, or sexual orientation.”

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