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."
Citizens for Civil Rights
FairTalk at IU
Indiana Stonewall Democrats
Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination (ICON)
Rev. Marie Siroky
Mental Health America of Indiana
Lester C. Miller, Chair of the Board
One Voice Indiana
Dr. Bill Buffie
Out & Equal
Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Annette Gross, Indiana Coordinator
Pride Lafayette, Inc.
Tri State Alliance