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
H59@iga.in.gov

Kathy K. Richardson (R)
Vice Chair, District 29 - Hamilton
(317) 773-6123
H29@iga.in.gov

Woody Burton (R)
District 58 - Greenwood, New Whiteland, Whiteland and Clark Township
(317) 232-9863
H58@iga.in.gov

Casey Cox (R)
District 85 - Fort Wayne / Allen County
1-800-382-9841
H85@iga.in.gov

Richard Hamm (R)
District 56 - Wayne County
(317) 232-9850
H56@iga.in.gov

Peggy Mayfield (R)
Discrict 60 - Morgan & Monroe County
317-232-9777
H60@iga.in.gov

Edmond Soliday (R)
District 4 - Valparaiso, all of Center, Union and Washington townships and portions of Liberty and Jackson townships
(317) 232-9603
H4@iga.in.gov

Jeff Thompson (R)
District 28 - most of Hendricks County and a small portion of southern Boone County
1-800-382-9841
H28@iga.in.gov

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
H21@iga.in.gov

John Bartlett (D)
District 95 - Indianapolis
1-800-382-9842
H95@iga.in.gov

Kreg Battles (D)
District 45 - Vincennes, IN
1-800-382-9842
H45@iga.in.gov

Phil GiaQuinta (D)
District 80 - Fort Wayne
1-800-382-9842
H80@iga.in.gov

Terry Goodin (D)
District 66 - Austin, IN
1-800-382-9842
H66@iga.in.gov



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