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Committee Vote on Indiana HJR-3 Delayed

Post submitted by Lindsey Clark, HRC regional field organizer

Indiana Judicary Committee

After nearly four hours of testimony and discussion, the Indiana House Judiciary Committee today postponed a vote on HJR-3, the proposed resolution to send a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage to the 2014 ballot, until an undetermined date.  While the next meeting of the committee is scheduled for Monday,  January 20, it is possible the chairman may schedule an additional meeting in the next few days.

Opponents of the resolution came from every corner of the state draped in red to signify the color of a NO vote as well as the love we're working to protect. Before the Statehouse had even opened this morning, there was a sea of red lining the stairway into the capitol. Hoosiers young and old filled the chamber, the gallery, and the hallways lining the chamber windows wielding signs of love and mutual respect.
 
More than a dozen Hoosiers stood before the committee and testified against the resolution. A number of powerful stories were shared, including personal stories from police sergeant Karen Vaughn-Kajmowicz of Boonville and Jeremy Wentzel of Morgantown.  These personal stories were enhanced with testimony from Jackie Simmons, General Counsel at Indiana University, Marya Rose, Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer at Cummins Inc., and Dr. Matthew Myer Boulton, President of Christian Theological Seminary.

While it is disappointing to not yet have a decision from the committee on HJR-3, this provides an extended opportunity for Hoosiers to express their opposition to the resolution.

For over a year, HRC has partnered with activists on the ground in Indiana to keep this amendment off of the 2014 ballot. As a proud member of the Freedom Indiana coalition, we have provided field staff, technology and direct financial contributions to the effort. The Freedom Indiana campaign, under the incredible leadership of campaign manager Megan Robertson, has generated thousands of calls, handwritten letters and emails to legislators across the state. And your involvement has been critical to that effort. But we must not stop now.

If you have not yet gotten involved with Freedom Indiana, please send me an email at lindsey.clark@hrc.org .  Together we will win!

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