Former Angie’s List CEO forms group pushing for LGBT rights

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FILE - William Oesterle says all expansion plans were cancelled because of the passage of the Religious Freedom Act. (WISH Photo/Joe Fenton)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle (OH’-ster-lee) is forming a new tech industry coalition that will advocate for equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people.

Oesterle said in a Thursday news release that the group called Tech for Equality will push for legislation at both the municipal and state levels.

The group is the latest to emerge following a national uproar earlier this year when lawmakers and Republican Gov. Mike Pence approved a religious objections law. Opponents said the law would sanction discrimination against the LGBT communities, leading lawmakers to make changes.

Oesterle was a vocal opponent of the law and says new LGBT protections are crucial for tech firms to recruit talented workers.

Oesterle says members of Tech for Equality will be announced in the coming weeks.

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