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Butler latest to join group opposing same-sex marriage amendment

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INDIANAPOLIS (November 21, 2013) – Butler University announced Thursday that it had joined the statewide effort opposing a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.

Butler joins Indiana University, Wabash College, DePauw and Ball State as supporters of Freedom Indiana, a coalition of colleges, businesses and other groups opposing House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR-6). The measure would change Indiana’s Constitution to define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

“Butler University is an institution where all people are welcome and valued, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, religion, or ethnicity; a culture of acceptance and inclusivity that is as old as the University itself,” said Butler President James M. Danko.

Danko said that HJR-6 would make it more difficult for Indiana to compete for top-level talent and worried the amendment would hurt the state’s economic future.

Many businesses share that view. Large employers including Lilly and Cummins have joined Freedom Indiana. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard opposes the measure, and the Indianapolis City-County Council passed a resolution against it.

The amendment could go before voters next November if legislators approve it during the 2014 session.