Post submitted by Maureen McCarty, former HRC Deputy Director of Marketing
Today the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce announced its support against HJR-6, a proposed amendment to permanently alter the state Constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman.
If passed, the bill would remove existing protections for same-sex and unmarried heterosexual couples and families in the state by not only banning marriage equality but also denying civil unions.
The Indy Chamber joins Freedom Indiana, a broad coalition of key businesses and allied organizations, including HRC, Indiana Equality, the ACLU, Freedom to Marry, and American Unity Fund, in opposition of the amendment in the upcoming General Assembly session.
Eli Lilly and Cummins Electric, two of Indiana’s largest employers, have also joined the movement to overturn the proposed ban.
"The Indy Chamber is in the business of strengthening our economy and attracting top talent to our region," said John Thompson, Chair, Indy Chamber Board of Directors. "The proposed marriage amendment does nothing to help show the nation that Indiana is a place that welcomes all, not just some, and we must be mindful of how actions such as this will impact our competitiveness on a national and global level."
Should HJR-6 pass, the amendment would be put on the November 2014 ballot.
Together we are working hard to identify and mobilize the majority of Hoosiers who do not want to deny same-sex couples recognition of their partnerships.