Favorite

Thursday, February 7, 2013

LGBTQ community celebrates HJ6 delay

Posted By on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 4:00 AM

This stained glass window in the chapel of the Indiana Statehouse speaks volumes. - REBECCA TOWNSEND
  • Rebecca Townsend
  • This stained glass window in the chapel of the Indiana Statehouse speaks volumes.

Editor's Note: Even if lawmakers delay their vote until next session, the resolution to amend the Indiana Constitution to suggest that "only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana" and that "a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized," the issue could still make its way to the ballot for Hoosiers to decide in the fall of 2014. Still, LGBTQ supporters are relieved that lawmakers have decided not to take immediate action. The news desk on Thursday, Feb. 7, received the following press release:

Statement on lawmakers' decision not to pursue HJR6 during the 2013 General Assembly session

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana Equality Action and a number of allied organizations across the state issued the following statement today in response to the decision by House and Senate lawmakers not to pursue a vote on HJR6 during the 2013 General Assembly session.

The statement should be attributed to Indiana Equality Action executive director Rick Sutton. Allied organizations are listed below.

"First and foremost, we want to thank legislators for putting the brakes on an amendment that would permanently alter our Indiana Constitution with uncertain long-term consequences.

"We continue to believe the spirit of this amendment runs counter to our shared Hoosier values of kindness and equality. We also believe that the breadth and vagueness of the second sentence of the proposed amendment creates a host of unintended legal issues.

"A recent study by students at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law found a significant number of rights and obligations related to marriage that could be permanently denied under the proposed amendment. We will continue to look into these issues and monitor the U.S. Supreme Court cases in the coming months.

"Today, though, we celebrate the evolution of this debate and the open, honest dialogue we have had with lawmakers about the amendment's effect on our state, our economy and our future. A delay is by no means a win, but we believe we are headed in a better direction, and Indiana is stronger when we all move forward together."

ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS

Citizens for Civil Rights
Lafayette

FairTalk
Statewide
Jean Capler

FairTalk at IU
Bloomington
Christine Webb

IndyPride
Indianapolis
Nick Murphy

Indiana Stonewall Democrats
Statewide
Aaron Schaler

Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination (ICON)
Indianapolis
Rev. Marie Siroky


Mental Health America of Indiana
Lester C. Miller, Chair of the Board

One Voice Indiana
Indianapolis
Dr. Bill Buffie

Out & Equal
Indianapolis
Bill Hendrix

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Annette Gross, Indiana Coordinator


Pride Lafayette, Inc.
Lafayette
Ashley Smith

Tri State Alliance
Evansville
Wally Paynter

Tags: , , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by NUVO Editors

  • Momentum: Episode Two

    Momentum is a monthly artist interview series. This month, we're featuring Dr. Monday.
    • Dec 5, 2014
  • Momentum: Episode One

    NUVO is happy to premiere a new series highlighting members of the emergent art community.
    • Oct 31, 2014
  • Heartland Film Festival: Narrative feature reviews

    Heartland's fictional offerings include a gorgeous, whacked-out Italian comedy (The Referee) and a heartfelt drama about troubled young adults growing up on a Navajo reservation (Drunktown's Finest).
    • Oct 15, 2014
  • More »

Feedback

Recent Comments

  • A comedy of errors
    It's just pointing out how out-of-touch the current administration is. And how hard it is…
  • A comedy of errors
    I am sorry but this article is just dumb. You were just trying to find…

Latest in News Blog

© 2015 NUVO | Website powered by Foundation