Officials in Dayton are aiming to capitalize on backlash against a religious-objections law in neighboring Indiana that critics say could permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.
Dayton officials are working to attract companies and individuals looking to leave Indiana because they oppose the new law, touting the southwest Ohio city’s recognition for diversity and inclusiveness.
The Indiana law prohibits state laws that “substantially burden” a person’s ability to follow his or her religious beliefs. The law doesn’t mention gays and lesbians, but opponents say it’s designed to protect businesses and individuals who don’t want to serve them.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley says city staff will work to identify Indiana companies that fit Dayton’s industrial and workforce strengths and that might be prepared to move.