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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - State chamber plans to remain neutral on the marriage amendment

Dan Carden has the story in the NWI Times. Some quotes:

The state's most powerful business organization is planning to sit out the expected 2014 battle over whether to add Indiana's existing ban on gay marriage and civil unions to the state Constitution.

Kevin Brinegar, president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, told The Times Monday that barring exceptional action later this year by the group's board of directors, the chamber will remain neutral on the marriage amendment.

"We have members on both sides of the issue, so we have not adopted a position either in favor or opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment," Brinegar said. "I don't see that changing."

Several major Indiana employers, including Columbus-based engine manufacturer Cummins Inc., and Eli Lilly and Co., the Indianapolis drug maker, strongly oppose the pending amendment, because they believe it will be harder to attract workers if Indiana is perceived as unwelcoming.

Republican leaders supporting the amendment, including Gov. Mike Pence; House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis; and Senate President David Long, R-Fort Wayne, argue that many of the fastest-growing states for businesses ban gay marriage in their constitutions and haven't been hurt by it.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 30, 2013 02:29 PM
Posted to Indiana Government