Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry champion local Indiana efforts
August 22, 2013
Yesterday, after the launch of Freedom Indiana, a new coalition to defend liberty in Indiana and defeat an anti-marriage constitutional amendment that bans any protections for same-sex couples and their families, Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry applauded the local efforts. Freedom Indiana is headed by conservative leaders - including Campaign Manager Megan Robertson.
Tyler Deaton, campaign manager for Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, said:
The strong showing of support by conservative leaders in Indiana to defeat the harmful anti-gay amendment illustrates the irreversible shift has taken place in conservative circles across the country. As the Republican Party paves the way to being more inclusive as America evolves, the understanding of why marriage matters to same-sex couples and their families is pivotal to its growth. The freedom to marry is consistent with the conservative tenets of freedom, family, and personal responsibility, and it’s a value that Republicans are right to support.
Shannon Kiely-Heider, director of state government relations at Cummins Inc., a leader of Young Conservatives for the Freedom to Marry, and a resident of Indiana who served as deputy legislative director to former Indiana Governor Mitchell E. Daniels, also responded today. She said:
We want Indiana to be welcoming and inclusive for all people. HJR6 and other efforts to restrict the rights of people may also hurt the state's ability to attract and retain talented individuals and companies who need a diverse workforce. Indiana conservatives and Freedom Indiana are illustrating the shift we see on the national scale -- conservatives know that the freedom to marry, respecting individual liberties and celebrating our diversity is the right thing to do and the right way to make Indiana the best state it can be.