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Fighting to Protect Same-Sex Couples in Indiana

Post submitted by Lindsey Clark, HRC Regional Field Organizer.

Indiana protestWith only three weeks left before the legislature is back in session, things are heating up in the Hoosier State.

In Indiana we’re fighting against HJR-6, a constitutional amendment that would permanently take away protections for gay and lesbian Hoosier families, including the ability to share health insurance or visit each other in the hospital. The legislature could consider the resolution soon after returning in January, making the coming weeks crucial in our fight to stop this harmful amendment.

We have a strong team on the ground in Evansville, leading phone banks, writing letters, talking to neighbors and empowering voters to tell our legislators to take a stand against HJR-6. And we’re seeing our efforts pay off all over the state.

This week in Evansville alone, we made excellent progress. On Monday, the University of Evansville joined the Freedom Indiana coalition and later in the day the city council voted unanimously to make a statement against HJR-6.  On Friday, hundreds of students with their mouths taped shut gathered at the University of Southern Indiana for a silent stand-in preceding their Senate’s vote. After a round of emotional statements, USI also overwhelmingly voted to come out against HJR-6.

This is great news for our community and our state, but our opposition is beginning to mobilize in a big way. We definitely need to be bigger now than ever before if we’re going to keep this momentum. If you’d like to join our efforts in Indiana, please email Lindsey Clark, Regional Field Organizer, at lindsey.clark@hrc.org.

HRC is a dedicated member of Freedom Indiana, the campaign that has been working hard to mobilize folks against HJR-6 since August. HRC is providing technology and field staff to the fight in Indiana and will continue to work alongside Freedom Indiana to protect the freedoms of all Hoosiers.

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