Gen Con asks Gov. Pence to reject religious freedom bill

INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the city’s largest conventions could leave Indiana because of the fight over the controversial religious freedom act.

Gen Con sent a letter to Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday, asking him to reconsider his support for Senate Bill 101.

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Gen Con’s CEO said if the Religious Freedom Restoration Act becomes law, the group will consider taking future conventions to other cities.

"For more than a decade, Indianapolis has provided tremendous hospitality and accommodation to our attendees, culminating in an estimated annual economic impact of more than $50 million to the city. Gen Con and its attendees look forward to receiving the same warm Hoosier hospitality throughout the term of our contract.

Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state's economy, and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana for future years."

Gen Con draws more than 50,000 people to downtown Indianapolis every year. The convention is currently under contract to keep the event in Indianapolis until 2020, but the letter has gone viral since it was published, and even pushed out by actor Will Wheaton who attends every year.

The religious freedom bill is on its way to Pence’s desk. He has indicated he will sign it into law.

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