Governor McAuliffe tries to woo Indiana businesses

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Leaders across the country are attempting to lure away Indiana businesses after the passing of  some controversial legislation that’s been criticized as unfriendly to gay and lesbian workers.

Governor Terry McAuliffe is reaching out to businesses in Indiana after the state’s governor signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act .

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act last week. The act prohibits state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs.

McAuliffe’s office issued an open letter to Indiana corporations Monday. In it, McAuliffe says the Commonwealth is a business-friendly state that does “not discriminate against our friends and neighbors.”

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Governor Terry McAuliffe’s open letter. Click through to see larger version.


In his letter, McAuliffe touted his record of promoting equal rights and preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also sent a letter to about a dozen businesses leaders Monday asking them to consider moving.

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