Indiana state representative Christina Hale addresses a rally opposing the state’s controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The new law makes it legal for businesses in the state to turn away gays and lesbians for religious reasons. The company, which reports over 3 million paid subscribers, is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
“Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents,” Angie’s List CEO Bill Oesterle said in a statement.
The company, which reports over 3 million paid subscribers, is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. A $40 million expansion project was scheduled to begin over the next few days, which would have included the purchase of a former Ford assembly plant and potentially added 1,000 jobs over the next five years.
Oesterle is the latest in a string of tech executives publicly opposing the controversial Indiana law, which passed on Thursday. Apple CEO Tim Cook said he was “deeply disappointed” with the new law; Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff expressed a similar sentiment earlier in the week when he canceled all programs that require customers and employees to travel to Indiana. And Yelp CEO Jeremy Stoppelman penned an open letter on the topic.
Locally, the new law has polarized residents. Nearly 3,000 gay rights activists, religious groups and city council members gathered at Indianapolis’ Monument Circle on Saturday to march in protest of the RFRA.
Others are questioning Angie’s List’s stance. One user in Philadelphia tweeted that he had emailed the company on Saturday to express his disappointment. Read more…