Indiana’s HJR-3 is a Step Backwards

Lawmakers in Indiana will vote Monday on whether to send a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage to the voters of the state. The anti-equality measure passed the House Elections committee on Wednesday, after it was moved from the House Judiciary committee due to being stalled without a vote.

This clip about the amendment from WTHR Indianapolis features IAC alumni Ben & Eric:

In an era when increasing numbers of Americans are recognizing the need for marriage equality, this amendment would be a step backwards for Indiana. Amending the Indiana state constitution would not only be an anachronism, the language of the bill would cause harm to single parent families, domestic partnerships, and other unmarried couples. The ambiguous second sentence reads:

A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.

Independent Adoption Center stands in proud opposition to HJR-3. And we’re not alone. Also opposing are the mayors of Indianapolis, Evansville, Fort Wayne, Bloomington, and dozens of universities and businesses based in Indiana. For the well-being of Indiana families and children, the Indiana legislature must vote No on HJR-3.

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