INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Business leaders with the Indy Chamber joined the fight against a proposal aimed at banning gay marriage in the state. A measure called House Joint Resolution 6 would add a same-sex marriage ban to the constitution. Officials with the chamber worry the move could be bad for the economy.
“We feel that writing this language, which we believe in discriminatory into the constitution would fly in the face of all of our efforts to bring high wage jobs to Indianapolis and create high wage jobs for the people who live here,” said Michael Huber, President and CEO of the Indy Chamber.
This is the first time the board has voted to take a stance on the issue. Huber said the decision was reached by consensus and it made “common sense.”
Freedom Indiana is working to fight the amendment. Jennifer Wagner, a spokesperson for the group said the chamber’s stance shows they are gaining momentum. She points out it’s not clear how the proposed ban would impact businesses, but she believes it will drive away talented workers.
“We can’t chance it our economy is still very fragile and we need to recruit those jobs here and I think the Chamber’s support of our position is very important moving forward,” said Wagner.
At-large City County Counselor Zach Adamson applauds the news. He married his partner in Washington D.C. this past Saturday.
“I don’t have a large company but I think it does say something to me that the business community and the people of Indianapolis and most definitely of Indiana are starting to find themselves on the same side of this issue,” said Adamson.
Other powerhouse employers like Eli Lilly & Co. and Cummins are also opposing the amendment. The Indy Chamber is the voice for nearly 3,000 businesses in the area.