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Angie's List Halts Indiana Project, Citing Gay Bias Concerns

Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 02:10 PM

Angie’s List Inc., which publishes consumer reviews on businesses such as plumbers and dentists, has halted a plan to expand its Indianapolis headquarters, citing Indiana’s new law allowing businesses to refuse to serve gays and lesbians on religious grounds.

The company said it had expected to break ground within days on a project to expand its campus. Chief Executive Bill Oesterle said Saturday that the company won’t move forward until it can “fully understand” the impact Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act would have on its employees.

“Angie’s List is open to all and discriminates against none and we are hugely disappointed in what this bill represents,” Oesterle said in a statement.

Angie’s List’s move is the most tangible so far after the so-called “Religious Freedom Bill” was signed into law on Thursday by Governor Mike Pence, a Republican. Other companies, including Apple Inc. and Yelp Inc., have called the legislation discriminatory.

Travel Ban

Salesforce.com Inc. CEO Marc Benioff on Thursday tweeted that the San Francisco-based software company was “canceling all programs that require our customers/employees to travel to Indiana to face discrimination.”

Lawmakers in 28 states have introduced more than 85 bills in the 2015 legislative session that penalize members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-gender community, according to the Human Rights Campaign, a Washington-based LGBT rights organization.

Angie’s List reported last month that it had added about 207,000 users during the fourth quarter, ending the period with 3.04 million paid members. The increase represented a 22 percent jump from a year earlier. About three of every four Angie’s List users whose memberships came up for renewal during the three months signed up again.

The company said in October that it was moving forward with a $40 million expansion of its headquarters and that the project, which involved the purchase of a former Ford assembly plant, could add 1,000 jobs over five years, according to the Indianapolis Star.

The proposal to expand, which sought tax incentives, had been awaiting final approval from the City-County Council, the Star reported.

To contact the reporter on this story: Tom Schoenberg in Washington at tschoenberg@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Bernard Kohn at bkohn2@bloomberg.net Ros Krasny, Stephen West

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Angie's List Inc., which publishes consumer reviews on businesses such as plumbers and dentists, has halted a plan to expand its Indianapolis headquarters, citing Indiana's new law allowing businesses to refuse to serve gays and lesbians on religious grounds.
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