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Statement on Indiana Senate Bill 101 (Religious Freedom Restoration Act)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jacob Burd

Statement on Indiana Senate Bill 101 (Religious Freedom Restoration Act)


As the organizer of the largest conference for undergraduate fraternity/sorority leaders in the country, the Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values joins the countless individuals and organizations in expressing serious concern over Indiana Senate Bill 101, known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, recently passed into law in the state of Indiana. While many outlets are sharing that this is simply one of 20 similar bills throughout the country, it is clear that what is happening in Indiana is different.


Our AFLV Central Conference, which includes the National Black Greek Leadership Conference, represents more than 300 higher education institutions and is a conference in which 3,000 attendees come to learn and develop as collegiate leaders. Our core mission is for all fraternity/sorority members to exemplify and live ethical values. Any sort of discrimination is in direct conflict with that mission. As an organization, we will make it our duty to review the implementation of this law as we consider our future in the state of Indiana.


In an effort for full transparency, we should be clear that we are under contract to host AFLV Central/NBGLC in Indianapolis through 2018 and the financial penalty for breaking our contract would be significant. As we continue to monitor this situation, we will weigh this penalty against our commitment to continue offering an affordable membership experience.


AFLV will continue to intentionally work with our host properties - the JW Marriott (and surrounding hotel complex) and the Indianapolis Convention Center - to ensure that, if we remain in Indianapolis, our attendees will not be denied services while on-site at our conference. We will also identify local Indianapolis businesses that oppose discrimination of any kind and distribute that information to conference attendees. When our members explore Indianapolis, we want them to be directed toward businesses that are open to providing service to anyone and everyone.


Overall, we ask our members to remain confident that AFLV Central/NBGLC will only exist in a way that provides a safe, inclusive environment to everyone in attendance. If Indiana SB 101 stands in the way of that, we will be forced to explore finding a new home for our annual conference.



Mark Koepsell

Executive Director

Association of Fraternal Leadership & Values

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