BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) - Indiana University announced Monday that it has joined a bipartisan grassroots campaign to oppose amending the state Constitution to define marriage as being strictly between a man and woman.
IU joins many of Indiana’s leading businesses and organizations as a member of Freedom Indiana. The campaign was launched this summer to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR6), which calls for an amendment banning same-sex marriage to be sent to voters for a statewide referendum in November 2014.
According to an official release, the Indiana General Assembly will consider the issue in its next legislative session in January 2014.
Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie made a statement in the release sent out Monday:
"Equality, compassion and respect for individuals have long been the bedrock of Indiana University's educational mission, and the lack of tolerance implicit in HJR6 runs counters to IU's deeply held values," IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. "We are proud to join the Freedom Indiana coalition and, in doing so, stand with some of Indiana's most respected employers and organizations on the side of fairness."
McRobbie said if HJR6 is approved, it would provide some prospective employees a disincentive to move to Indiana.
Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson issued a statement as well:
"The coalition of parents, faith leaders, lawmakers, advocates for liberty and businesses opposed to HJR-6 grows larger and stronger with each passing week.
"Today, we add Indiana University to that list, and we could not be more excited to welcome them to the Freedom Indiana family.
"As President McRobbie said, this amendment sends a powerfully negative message that Indiana is not welcoming to people of all backgrounds and beliefs, and we know that's an image we can't afford to project as a state if we want to keep our college graduates here and recruit top talent from elsewhere.
"I'm not an IU grad, but it's fair to say that everyone who supports freedom for all Hoosiers should tip their hats to the cream and crimson today and say thanks to IU for joining this fight."
IU joins Cummins Inc., Eli Lilly and Company, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Equity Coalition, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action, American Unity Fund, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the Human Rights Campaign.
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