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NASCAR is 'disappointed' in Indiana, opposes new law

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NASCAR affirms its commitment to diversity and stands opposed to the new anti-LGBT legislation passed in Indiana.

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NASCAR has joined the chorus of backlash against the anti-LGBT law that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence signed last week. NASCAR's Brickyard 400 is held every year at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

NASCAR released this statement through senior vice-president and chief communications officer Brett Jewkes:

"NASCAR is disappointed by the recent legislation passed in Indiana. We will not embrace nor participate in exclusion or intolerance. We are committed to diversity and inclusion within our sport and therefore will continue to welcome all competitors and fans at our events in the state of Indiana and anywhere else we race."

The Indianapolis Motor Speedway, on the other hand, offered a tepid response, saying, "IMS will continue to warmly welcome all who share our enthusiasm for motorsports - employees, participants and fans."

Big kudos to Queers4Gears, which played a role in getting NASCAR to take a position on the law.

While some my be surprised that NASCAR would take a position, I'm not. They have been active participants in a diversity symposium every October for the last few years. While many look at the sport as a bunch of "straight white guys," they are pushing forward with diversity and inclusion policies and procedures as quickly and effectively as they can.

It's great to see their support here.