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Sunday, November 03, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - Muncie Star-Press: "Our View: No to same-sex amendment"

The Star-Press has a long and thoughtful editorial today that concludes:

Indiana’s constitution should not be amended purely on a whim, but that’s exactly what House Joint Resolution 6 (banning same sex marriage) does. Our constitution should not be used to solidify discrimination against any group. It should remain silent on the issue, or else speak to protecting the rights of everybody.

A coalition against the amendment is gathering steam. Indiana University last month became the first higher education institution to oppose the amendment. Purdue and Ball State are avoiding the debate so far. However, Ball State allows same-sex domestic partners (but not opposite sex) to be included on an employee’s health insurance coverage. Why the difference? Ball State says opposite sex partners have the option to marry.

Eli Lilly and Co. and Cummins Inc., among two of the state’s high profile and high tech businesses, have joined the coalition and each has contributed $100,000 in the fight. They have stressed that an amendment that makes the state anti-gay friendly will threaten a loss of talent and investment. Politicians on both sides of the aisle would be wise to listen to these business interests, especially when the state has been mired with an unacceptably high unemployment rate, and suffers from “brain drain” of educated professionals.

Hoosiers do not need a bruising fight over this issue when there are other concerns, such as the economy, education, health and environment that deserve the attention of our lawmakers.

This is a fight that will only divide the state, and still might not settle the issue as other states’ amendments banning same sex marriage have landed in the courts.

HJR6 should go away quietly.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 3, 2013 07:53 PM
Posted to Indiana Government