Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Saying NO to HJR-3

Posted on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Ind. House Majority Leader Brian Bosma has reassigned HJR-3 - the proposed Constitutional Amendment banning gay marriage (and more) - to the Elections Committee after realizing that the Judiciary Committee wouldn't generate the necessary votes to keep the thing alive.

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Apparently, the Speaker wishes to cement his legacy as the guy who ensured that the Hoosier State continues to look backward and intolerant.

We've spoken about the terrible similarities to the debate over "miscegenation" in decades past, business leaders have spoken about the potential economic fallout, legal minds have noted that the legislation and its companion bill are poor lawmaking at best, study after study shows that state-sponsored discrimination leads to bullying and a higher instance of (particularly teen) suicide, but here's the overriding issue:

To amend the Indiana State Constitution to take rights away from your fellow Americans is simply morally wrong.

Agree with The Ed.Blog? Let 'em know how you feel. Freedom Indiana has released the following info:

Our calls and emails DO COUNT, even on such short notice. When you call and leave a message or send an email, they are entered into a database as SUPPORT and DOES NOT SUPPORT. In other words, you don't need to call and give a long story, as long as you tell them to VOTE NO on HJR-3. Numbers count!

Here are the representatives that will hear HJR-3 tomorrow at 3:30pm (Wednesday, January 21, 2014). Constituents in these districts: make sure to include your address in your call or email or they may not count it.

Milo Smith (R)
Chair, District 59 - Bartholomew County
(800) 382-9841

Kathy K. Richardson (R)
Vice Chair, District 29 - Hamilton
(317) 773-6123

Woody Burton (R)
District 58 - Greenwood, New Whiteland, Whiteland and Clark Township
(317) 232-9863

Casey Cox (R)
District 85 - Fort Wayne / Allen County

Richard Hamm (R)
District 56 - Wayne County
(317) 232-9850

Peggy Mayfield (R)
Discrict 60 - Morgan & Monroe County

Edmond Soliday (R)
District 4 - Valparaiso, all of Center, Union and Washington townships and portions of Liberty and Jackson townships
(317) 232-9603

Jeff Thompson (R)
District 28 - most of Hendricks County and a small portion of southern Boone County

Tim Wesco (R)
District 21 - Covering 10 townships in Hendricks County, as well as Perry Township and part of Worth Township in Boone County.
(317) 994-6239

John Bartlett (D)
District 95 - Indianapolis

Kreg Battles (D)
District 45 - Vincennes, IN

Phil GiaQuinta (D)
District 80 - Fort Wayne

Terry Goodin (D)
District 66 - Austin, IN

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