The Society of American Archivists shares the concerns expressed by many about Indiana's controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). We are gratified that on April 2, 2015, the Indiana General Assembly and Governor Mike Pence amended certain aspects of the RFRA (Section 1.IC34-13.9 of the Indiana Code), which had been signed into law days earlier.
The values of diversity, equity, and transparency form the foundation of the archival profession, as reflected in the Society of American Archivists’ Core Values Statement and Code of Ethics. As noted in SAA’s Equal Opportunity/Non-Discrimination Policy, discrimination and unequal treatment are inimical to the Society’s values and goals. SAA prohibits within the organization discrimination on the grounds of age, color, creed, disability, family relationship, gender identity/expression, individual life style, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status, and believes that discrimination within the larger context of society is indefensible. SAA will vigorously pursue a policy and practices of non-discrimination and equal opportunity through its programs (including its annual meeting), services, operations, activities, employment, and business contracts.
The revised Indiana law prohibits service providers from using it as a legal defense for refusing to provide goods, services, facilities, or accommodations, and it bars discrimination based on race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or U.S. military service. The measure exempts churches and affiliated schools, along with nonprofit religious organizations. Gay-rights groups have noted that Indiana's civil rights law still does not include LGBT people as a protected class.
SAA urges all states to respect and protect the rights of all their citizens.