« Ind. Courts - More on: Indiana courts imposes anti-robot/CAPTCHA verification requirement on the public | Main | Ind. Decisions - 7th Circuit decides one Indiana case today »

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ind. Go'vt. - "Megan Robertson, a veteran of several Republican campaigns, is the new campaign manager for the Freedom Indiana coalition that is hoping to defeat a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage"

Jon Murray of the Indianapolis Star written has a lengthy (5 "pages"), very informative story about Megan Robertson, who is heading the formal effort defeat HJR 6 in the upcoming General Assembly. A sample:

But after years of running Republican campaigns behind the scenes, the self-described conservative has stepped into the spotlight — and into a role that puts her at odds with the positions of some of her former bosses.

Robertson left her job as communications director for U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, an Indiana Republican who opposes same-sex marriage, to become the lead soldier in the fight against Indiana’s proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

As campaign manager for the new Freedom Indiana coalition, Robertson will draw on every bit of tenacity, passion and grassroots-organizing skill she has developed during a decade on the front lines of Republican politics.

It’s a role that mixes the personal with the political, and it reflects some younger Republicans’ dissent over the marriage issue.

The 31-year-old is gay. And she says she’s determined to work for Republican candidates and officials again once the fight in Indiana is over.

But something pulled at her to take a detour.

“This seemed like the right thing to do,” Robertson said, underlining that she is “still incredibly Republican.”

But when it comes to adding a gay marriage ban to Indiana’s constitution, “I think folks are just a little more emboldened and, frankly, ready to say this is not what we are as Republicans.”

The marriage amendment goes before the General Assembly for the second time early next year. If the legislature approves, the issue would go before Indiana voters in November 2014.

The story is accompanied by a 2-minute video created by Murray that is not a rehash of the story highlights, but an opportunity to see and hear Robertson talking about why this proposal to amend the constitution should be defeated.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on September 3, 2013 05:12 PM
Posted to Indiana Government