Bipartisan group of Indiana mayors speak out against anti-gay HJR-6
Dec 06, 2013 at 02:30 pm
This week, a bipartisan group of mayors in Indiana came together to launch Mayors for Freedom, a new effort that speaks out against HJR-6, a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families in Indiana.
From Indianapolis to Fort Wayne to Bloomington, mayors across the state have signed on to Mayors for Freedom to oppose HJR-6. Mayors for Freedom is the latest effort from Freedom Indiana, the statewide coalition of business leaders, civil rights groups, and faith organizations working to defeat HJR-6.
Megan Robertson, campaign manager for Freedom Indiana, spoke about the exciting project this week. She said:
We’re proud to stand with these mayors from across our state as champions of freedom for all Hoosiers. They represent cities large and small, and they understand that this amendment will make it harder for them to build their local economies, recruit new residents and maintain existing protections for same-sex and unmarried couples.
These mayors - and the thousands of others across Indiana who oppose the constitutional amendment - know that limiting the freedom to marry is never in the best interest of a state, its residents, or its businesses. They also understand that a majority of residents in Indiana agree: A December 2012 poll by the Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University and WISH-TV found that 54 percent of respondents opposed changing the state constitution to permanently ban same-sex couples from the protections of marriage. Just 38 percent said they supported the amendment.
Freedom to Marry is proud to serve as a leading member of the coalition to protect libertiy for all Hoosiers.