The Ed. Blog has just received the following press release:
Indy Chamber Joins Statewide Effort to Oppose HJR-6
Proposed amendment would weaken state's ability to attract talent, business
INDIANAPOLIS (October 22, 2013) - The Indy Chamber announced today it will join the movement against HJR-6, the proposed amendment that would permanently alter the Indiana Constitution to define marriage and would remove existing protections under law for same-sex and unmarried couples and families.
"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."
You can read the complete position statement here.
The exact wording of the resolution is as follows:
Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana.
A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.
The Chamber makes it clear: while state-sponsored discrimination against the LGBT community makes the environment for attracting younger, talented workers tough enough, that second sentence is incredibly problematic. That wording could, according to the Chamber:
...affect over 600 rules and regulations pertaining to Indiana couples and expose those in committed same-sex partnerships to the denial of critical protections and employer benefits. Additionally, it could adversely affect the 2005 Indianapolis Human Rights Ordinance enacted by the City-County Council with the Indy Chamber's support, and domestic partner benefits offered by municipalities and public institutions.
The Chamber's joining the Freedom Indiana
coalition "to stridently oppose HJR-6 and
advocate for its defeat in the 2014 legislative session and any potential subsequent ballot referendum."
We've said it before. We'll say it again. HJR-6 isn't just a human rights disaster, it's a potential economic disaster.
This statement was just released by Freedom Indiana:
INDIANAPOLIS - Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson issued the following statement in response to the announcement today that the Indy Chamber will join other leaders of Indiana's corporate community in opposition to HJR-6:
"The Indy Chamber's decision to oppose HJR-6 comes down to Hoosier common sense: They know it's bad for business and will hurt our ability to attract new jobs and talent to Indiana.
"We're pleased to welcome them to the growing bipartisan coalition of parents, lawmakers, faith leaders, business owners and advocates for liberty who are standing together to make sure our state continues moving forward. We launched our campaign with support from Cummins and Eli Lilly and Company, two of Indiana's largest employers.
"The Indy Chamber represents the voices of hundreds of businesses in Indianapolis and the Central Indiana region, and we look forward to working with them to support Indiana's economic future by protecting liberty for all Hoosiers."