Fisher: What makes a family?

Patty Fisher examines a study finding that a majority of Americans consider lesbian and gay couples who have children and married lesbian and gay couples to fit their idea of what a family is.

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Study finds majority of Americans say their definition of family includes married same-sex couples

A majority of Americans now say their definition of family includes same-sex couples with children, as well as married gay and lesbian couples.

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Voice for Equality: Cummins, Inc. of Indiana

Cummins, Inc. is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, USA Cummins serves its customers through a network of more than 500 Company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 5,200 dealer locations in more than 190 countries and territories. While more than 51% of Cummins' business comes from operations outside of the United States, the company remains one of the largest employers in the state of Indiana. Learn more here.

As the Republican controlled Indiana state senate moved to vote 38-10 for a constitutional ban on marriage for gay couples last week, Fortune 500 member Cummins, Inc. said, "No." The CEO of Cummins sent a representative with his letter stating, "...inequity in marital status has no place in Indiana." [Link] This is not Cummins' first time weighing in on marriage equality. Back in March of 2007, when Indiana was considering a ban on the freedom to marry, an executive from Cummins Inc. said the amendment would make it harder for the big engine maker to recruit quality employees to Indiana. "Anything that makes Indiana less inclusive and less welcoming for our current employees and for our future employees makes it more difficult for Cummins to compete," said Mark Osowick, Cummins' recruiting director. "This amendment would do just that by sending a message that Indiana is not tolerant of diversity." [Link]

Freedom to Marry salutes Cummins, Inc. as a collective Voice for Equality! Learn about other Voices for Equality here.

If Cummins' support inspires you - get involved.

**Make your NOMINATION for a Voice for Equality today!

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Freedom to Marry Ban Goes to Indiana House Once Again (Indianapolis)
January 29, 2010

The Indiana state Senate passed a proposed constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality Thursday. The proposal will go to the state House, where a similar effort was previously blocked and where no action on the matter is expected this year. [Link]

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Foes of Indiana Ban on Freedom to Marry Seek to Block Passage of Amendment

WIBC (Indianapolis)
January 27, 2010

Indiana advocates of the freedom to marry are lobbying in an attempt to prevent state legislators from voting on a proposed constitutional amendment that would further ban marriage equality in the state. A senate committee passed the measure on to the full state Senate last week. [Link]

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Indiana Constitutional Ban On Freedom to Marry May Not Go Far

The Associated Press
January 21, 2010

An Indiana state Senate committee voted 6-4 on Wednesday to advance a constitutional amendment to deny marriage to gay couples. As with previous state Senate attempts to pass such legislation, the measure is unlikely to clear the House. [Link]

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On the ground report from Indiana State Senate

Indiana Chronicles
January 20, 2010

Tahlib reports:
I was there this morning as Indiana State Senator Greg Taylor (D)--unlike the Republican majority--battled against enshrining discrimination in the state's constitution. Even after this 6-4 loss for the freedom to marry in committee, my heart still pounds with pride as I recall one African American after another, including Taylor, speaking boldy against this discrimination. [Link]

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Indiana to consider amending state constitution to ban the freedom to marry

Indiana Chronicles
January 19, 2010

Tahlib - 1/2 an IN Couple writes:
"On this Tuesday after MLK Day, I am reminded of why we have this annual holiday. It's because discrimination lives. Tomorrow morning, some Indiana State Senators will try to put discrimination into the state constitution." [Link]
Click here to take action!

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Indiana State Senate to take action on marriage amendment

The BILERICO Project
January 15, 2010
A constitutional amendment to ban the freedom to marry in Indiana has been re-introduced in the state Senate and will be heard in committee next week. Similar legislation has already been introduced into the Indiana House of Representatives. [Link] Indiana residents can contact their Senate Judiciary Committee here.

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Action Alert: Indiana State Senate to consider bill banning Freedom to Marry next Wednesday

Indiana Equality
January 14, 2010
Unlike neighbor states: Ohio, Kentucky and Michigan, the state of Indiana does not have a constitutional amendment banning the freedom to marry, but that could soon change. Indiana’s Marriage Discrimination Amendment, Senate Joint Resolution 13, authored by Senator Carlin Yoder will be considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, January 20th, 2010, at 9:00 am in the Senate Chambers at the Indiana State House. [Link] Take action HERE!

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