Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Virginia, Chicago and Cincinnati woo Indiana businesses angered by GOP's antigay RFRA

Chicago and Virginia and Cincinnatti are eagerly recruiting Indiana businesses appalled by the state's thinly disguised GOP attempt to legalize corporate discrimination against LGBTs.
     Here's coverage of Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe attempt to capitalize on the PR disaster inflicted on Indiana by its GOP legislators and governor:

      McAuliffe's open letter encouraged Indiana businesses "to take advantage of Virginia's open, inclusive and thriving business environment," and then went further:
     "...there is another quality that sets our Commonwealth apart from some other states: In Virginia, we do not discriminate against our friends and neighbors, particularly those who are supporting local businesses and generating economic activity.     So if recent events have led you to reevaluate your business relationship with your current home state, I hope you will visit YesVirginia.org and contact me personally about the opportunities our Commonwealth can offer.  Thousands of firms are benefiting from our strategic location, our unparalleled quality of life, our mild winters and our open and inclusive business environment. Come join them."
The Indianapolis Star reported Monday that Chicago Mayor Ron Emanuel's office "sent letters to about a dozen businesses in Indiana, saying that the act is wrong and urging Indiana business owners to:
     "...consider Chicago as a place to move and grow."
     Businesses can't "succeed in the global economy if you discriminate against your residents," Emanuel said.
     Last week, the Cincinnati City Council's first openly gay member, Chris Seelbach, issued a twitter invite to Indiana businesses fed up with their state's powerdrunk antigay GOP legislative majorities:

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