STATUS: Anti-marriage law
TAKE ACTION: State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of Indiana's families by blocking attempts to write discrimination into the state constitution. The bipartisan coalition Freedom Indiana is working to defeat HJR-6, which would permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families in the state. Join the coalition HERE.
HISTORY: Every year since 2004, the Indiana state legislature has proposed or voted on a constitutional amendment to exclude same-sex couples and their families from marriage. In 2011, the House and Senate approved the proposed amendment. Now, anti-marriage proponents are working to approve an identical version of the amendment in the 2014 legislative session. If it is approved again, the anti-freedom amendment would be placed before voters in November 2014. The amendment, HJR-6, must be defeated in order to protect liberty for all Hoosiers in the state.
An Indiana state statute forbids the government from recognizing or performing marriages or other forms of union between same-sex couples.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Freedom Indiana is a statewide bipartisan coalition of businesses, faith leaders, civil rights and community organizations, and individuals united to defeat a proposed constitutional amendment that would permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families in Indiana. Freedom to Marry is proud to serve as a leading member of the coalition.
- Indiana Equality Action is a coalition of organizations from around the state that focus on ensuring basic human rights for Indiana's LGBT citizens.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
RECENT POLLING: 54% of Indiana residents oppose changing the state constitution to bar gay couples from marrying, while just38% support doing so. (Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University and WISH-TV, December 2012)
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES: According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 11,074 same-sex couples are living in Indiana, representing 4.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Blog Posts Related to Indiana
Today, the Indiana Senate voted to move forward with only the first sentence of HJR-3, the proposed ban on same-sex couples from marrying. That means that the amendment will not be on the ballot this November. It's a big win and a big step forward in the state.
Last week, Freedom to Marry founder and president Evan Wolfson traveled to Indiana to meet with local activists working to defeat HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment in Indiana that would ban same-sex couples from marrying in the state.
This evening, January 22, the Indiana House Committee on Elections and Apportionment voted 9-3 to advance HJR-3 to a full floor vote in the House of Representatives. The vote means HJR-3 is one step closer to passage, and the full House will consider the bill soon.
Resources Related to Indiana
Pew Poll Finds Growing Support for Freedom to Marry Among Evangelicals, Majority Support Among Youth
A comprehensive Pew poll found majority support for the freedom to marry among young people, college graduates and Catholics, with growing support among all other religious categories.
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Indiana.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".