WATCH: In Indiana, community rallies together against anti-freedom amendment
Aug 22, 2013 at 10:30 am
Yesterday marked the launch of 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. The coalition, which kicked off yesterday in Indianapolis, will encourage lawmakers to vote against the proposed constitutional amendment, HJR-6, 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.
Freedom Indiana is led by a Republican campaign manager, Megan Robertson, and two of the leading members are important business leaders in Indiana who know that limiting freedom for Hoosiers is the wrong move for the state.
Watch this video from the press conference:
More than 200 people, some holding blue signs reading "Liberty for All Hoosiers," filled downtown Indianapolis' Artsgarden for the lunch-hour announcement of the new group.
Two of Indiana's top employers - Indianapolis-based drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co., and Columbus-based engine manufacturer Cummins Inc. - are among its members, along with Indiana Equality Action, Freedom to Marry, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and other activist groups.
Eli Lilly's director of corporate responsibility, Robert Smith, said passage of the amendment would hamper efforts by businesses in the competitive life sciences industry to recruit "the very best and brightest" employees from around the world.
"We want Indiana to be an attractive place to live and a wonderful place to do business. And we want those outside our state to view Indiana in the same way," Smith said.