Indiana: Tell Your Legislative Leaders to Stop Constitutional Ban on Marriage Equality
December 2, 2013
Your elected officials are trying to write discrimination against gays and lesbians into the Indiana State Constitution — and we need your help to stop them.
The Center for Inquiry-Indiana has joined Freedom Indiana and many businesses, educational institutions, individuals, and organizations, in opposing HJR-6, which “provides that only marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana.”
Since its founding, the Center for Inquiry (CFI) has pushed back against the encroachment of sectarian religious dogma into public policy worked to promote and defend the dignity and fundamental rights of all individuals. Our position paper on this issue, published by CFI’s Office of Public Policy, argues that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue and that LGBT people have the right to complete equality.
HJR-6 is bad for all Hoosiers because would discourage high tech industry from locating here due to the difficulty attracting a professional work force. At a time when 16 states, including our neighboring state of Illinois, have legalized same-sex marriage, Indiana would move backward instead of forward if it wrote the Indiana law stating that marriage is between a man and a woman into the state Constitution.
Please contact Speaker of the House Brian Bosma and Senate President David Long and tell them to stop HJR-6 in its tracks by refusing to assign the measure to a committee when the General Assembly convenes in early January, and instead focus on issues vitally important to the residents of Indiana — such as health care, education, the economy, and jobs.
Let’s keep government secular and move Indiana forward for all Hoosiers.