Freedom Indiana launches to protect same-sex couples and their families in IN
August 21, 2013
Today in Indiana, a statewide bipartisan coalition of businesses, faith leaders, civil rights and community organizations, and individuals joined together to launch Freedom Indiana, which will work to defeat HJR-6, a proposed constitutional amendment that seeks to permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families in Indiana.
Freedom Indiana will work to encourage lawmakers to vote against the constitutional amendment, which the previous legislature approved in 2011. In February, legislative leaders from Indiana's House and Senate announced that they would not vote on HJR-6 in 2013 - but that a vote could occur during the 2014 legislative session. If the amendment is approved in 2014, it will be placed before Indiana voters during the November 2014 election.
The coalition to protect liberty for all Hoosiers launched today with a press conference in Downtown Indianapolis.
The press conference featured Chris Paulsen, president of Indiana Equality Action, who explained, "This campaign is about making sure our state sends the right message to the people who live here. We've all heard the phrase Hoosier hospitality. That's what this campaign is about. ... Together, we can make sure our lawmakers understand that Hoosiers value freedom."
Partners from Eli Lilly & Company and Cummins, two strong business leaders in Indiana, also joined the press conference. Eli Lilly & Company's CEO Rob Smith spoke out in opposition to HJR-6, saying, "Our values and our commitment to diversity require us to take a stand in opposing this amendment."
Campaign Manager for Freedom Indiana Megan Robertson ended the launch with a rousing speech, saying, "What I say now is nowhere near as important as what we do when we leave here today ... This is a bipartisan issue that requires all of us to work together to protect our Indiana constitution!"
We know that limiting the freedom to marry is never in the best interest of a state, its residents, or its businesses - and 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. Our Online Campaign Manager Cameron Tolle attended the launch event this afternoon to provide on-the-ground updates for the coalition. He's pictured below with Campaign Manager Megan Robertson.