We recently posted our concerns that the state of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) could negatively impact our 2017 convention attendees in Indianapolis. We need a diverse profession to serve the diverse needs of society, and it’s important to AVMA that all attendees feel welcome at all of our conventions. We appreciate the time all of you took to provide your thoughts and suggestions.
The AVMA Board of Directors met Thursday through Saturday, April 9-11, and one of the discussion topics was the Indianapolis Convention. As promised, we’re following up to let you know the outcome.
Our board discussed the concerns that had been expressed, and the changes made by the Indiana state legislature to address the concerns. The Board received input from the Lesbian and Gay Veterinary Medical Association (LGVMA) regarding their view on the legislative fix. The AVMA Convention Division staff have spoken with representatives of the Indiana Convention Center, who expressed their continued commitment to welcome all attendees with open arms. The Board reviewed the declaration of non-discrimination signed by Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and the statement from the Indy Chamber, assuring continued commitment to non-discriminatory practices.
Based on all of this input and Indianapolis’ clear desire and commitment to protect against discrimination and welcome all with their famous “Hoosier Hospitality,” we’ve decided to keep the 2017 annual convention in Indianapolis as scheduled. Everyone is welcome, and we hope that you’ll join us there.