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RFRA Threatens National Conventions Choosing Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): The fallout from the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in Indiana could take a while to calculate. In the meantime, some companies, cities and even states are proposing boycotts against Indiana.

“It'll take a while, probably six months to a year before we can assess any damage to the economy. But, perception is reality. The response from the people who favor the bill has fallen locally short.”

Our partners in  News at 21Alive report that 6 national conventions are reconsidering coming to Fort Wayne after RFRA was passed last Thursday.

The President of Visit Fort Wayne, Dan O' Connell said those conventions are worth about $1.2 million, threatening nearly $90,000 in taxes to local restaurants, bars, and hotels.

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