Freedom to Marry Calls on Indiana Legislature to Reject Attacks on Gay Families

2/15/2011

Freedom to Marry Calls on Indiana Legislature to Reject Attacks on Gay Families and Keep Discrimination Out of the State Constitution 

Media Contact:
Jackie Yodashkin
Communications Manager, Freedom to Marry
jackie@freedomtomarry.org / 646-430-3925
 
(New York, NY, February 15, 2011) – Below is a statement from Evan Wolfson, Founder and President of Freedom to Marry, urging the Indiana State Senate to reject House Joint Resolution 6, a constitutional amendment passed in the House today that would ban not only marriage, but any measure of protections or support for same-sex couples and their families in Indiana. 
 
“Freedom to Marry calls on the Indiana Senate to reject this punitive amendment, which would write discrimination into the state constitution.  Government should be on the side of all families, not putting barriers in their paths as they seek to care for their loved ones.  
 
“Constitutions should be respected as shields of fairness for all, not used as weapons to discriminate and harm.  Indiana’s legislators should resoundingly reject this assault on the constitution and families, and avoid dragging the state backward at a time when Indiana’s families want to see them moving the economy forward.  Marriage is not defined by those who are excluded from it, but instead by the love and commitment between two people.   And marriage is not protected by excluding committed couples and their loved ones from legal protections and singling them out for unfair treatment by the government itself.
 
“A majority of Americans now believe that same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry.  And today, gay and lesbian couples can marry in Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Iowa, and the District of Columbia, in addition to 12 countries on four continents.  In each of these places, the sky has not fallen, and families have been helped, with no one hurt.”
 
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Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage nationwide. We are pursuing our Roadmap to Victory by working to win the freedom to marry in more states, grow the national majority for marriage, and end federal marriage discrimination. We partner with individuals and organizations across the country to end the exclusion of same-sex couples from marriage and the protections, responsibilities, and commitment that marriage brings.