IU joins coalition opposing amendment to ban same-sex marriage

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BLOOMINGTON (October 28, 2013) – Indiana University has joined a coalition of groups opposing a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana.

IU announced its support for Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan organization formed to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR6). The group includes businesses, faith leaders and civil rights and community groups. Indiana is the first college or university to join the coalition, which launched in August.

The group hopes to defeat the proposed amendment, which seeks to change the state Constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

State lawmakers will debate HJR6 during next year’s legislative session. If it moves forward, Indiana voters would weigh in during a statewide referendum in November 2014.

“Equality, compassion and respect for individuals have long been the bedrock of Indiana University’s educational mission, and the lack of tolerance implicit in HJR6 runs counters to IU’s deeply held values,” said IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “We are proud to join the Freedom Indiana coalition and, in doing so, stand with some of Indiana’s most respected employers and organizations on the side of fairness.”

McRobbie said HJR6 would provide disincentive for companies and employees to come to Indiana. McRobbie noted that IU is a major employer in the state and believes HJR6 would “needlessly complicate” the university’s ability to attract top-level employees.

“The university looks forward to lending a strong voice in the effort to ensure that the state’s Constitution is not altered to codify an intolerance that is not representative of the best of Hoosier values,” McRobbie said.

Other companies and organizations supporting Freedom Indiana include Cummins Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company, as well as the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and civil rights organizations such as the Indiana Equity Coalition, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action, American Unity Fund, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the Human Rights Campaign.

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