State Sen. ‘ashamed’ of his RFRA vote

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INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — In a candid conversation about the last legislative session, State Sen. Ron Alting says he’s ashamed of his vote for the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Alting spoke to WISH-TV’s sister station WLFI Thursday morning about what he called an intense and surprising session. He says he’s glad to put it behind him, and he’s motivated to make sure Indiana gets its good image back.

To accomplish this, Alting wants to make gays and lesbians a protected class in the Indiana constitution. He says RFRA will be fresh in his mind when he returns to Indianapolis next year.

“I regret that vote tremendously,” Alting said. “In the 20 years I’ve been an elected official, there’s not a vote that I am more ashamed of and has haunted me quite honestly.”

Legislators stopped short of making LGBT Hoosiers a protected class this year. Instead, they put in new language to RFRA to ensure it was not discriminatory.

Alting says the RFRA debate took away time from working on the budget and powdered alcohol bills. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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