Bil Browning

Straight Indiana State Employee Quits Over RFRA Law

Filed By Bil Browning | March 27, 2015 10:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Erik Deckers, Indiana, license to discriminate, Mike Pence, quitting your job, RFRA, taking a stand, Visit Indiana

i-quit.jpgFrequent Bilerico Project guest blogger and my longtime friend, Erik Deckers, quit his job as a travel writer for the Indiana Office of Tourism Development shortly after Governor Mike Pence signed a bill legalizing discrimination against LGBT people. Deckers, a straight man, has been a nonstop LGBT ally for years, but his latest stance really ups the bar for other Hoosiers who've been speaking out about the draconian law.

In a Facebook posting that links to his farewell announcement, Deckers wrote:

I've resigned as a travel writer for the Indiana Office of Tourism Development (VisitIndiana.com), because of the passage of #RFRA. I love Visit Indiana, and the people there are doing great work with diminishing resources. But I can't invite people to visit us when some of them are less welcome than others. As long as the state government thinks discrimination should be legal, I can't work for the state government.

As word has spread about his stand against intolerance, Deckers has found himself listed in The Advocate as one of the top early responses to the RFRA's passage and spotlighted on the Indianapolis ABC station's report as well.

Now you have the opportunity to show him some love too. Share this post and let everyone know what a great guy our friend is. He is a man of integrity and honor; quitting a job in this economy is an incredibly brave thing to do - even if it's just a part time freelancing gig.

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