BGD Partner John R. Gregg deems Indiana’s $60 million convention losses a “failure”
Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP partner John R. Gregg recently discussed Indiana’s loss of $60 million in tourism revenue due to a religious objections law with ABC News, calling it a “failure” on the part of the state’s governor.
According to the publication, Democrat Gregg claims that GOP Governor Mike Pence “hurt” Indiana’s economy by allowing the law, widely criticized for sanctioning discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Hoosiers on religious grounds, to incite traditionally Indianapolis-based conventions to move locations, thus draining money from the state’s economy.
Republicans and evangelical groups argue that Indiana’s economy is still doing well. Micah Clark of the American Family Association says the impact of 12 conventions moving to different cities will not drastically harm the state. Nevertheless, national backlash around the proposed law has been substantial, leading to some changes being made to the religious objections law last year. Despite these changes, critics still say the law has a long way to go before it can be considered truly protective of the LGBTQ+ community.
John R. Gregg, who joined BGD in 2005, announced his candidacy for the 2016 Indiana Governor’s race in May 2015. The former Democratic House Speaker previously sought this office in 2012, narrowly losing to current Indiana Republican Governor Mike Pence. John’s legal practice focuses on assisting local governments, municipalities, school corporations and businesses with regulatory and business matters. He has a long record of public service including several years in the Indiana House of Representatives and most recently serving as President of Vincennes University, which he helped transition from a two-year to four-year curriculum.