Indiana’s Economic Viability the Key Issue Facing State Legislators
Marriage Discrimination Amendment an attempt to distract Hoosiers from the greater issues at hand
The future of Indiana’s economic health and viability is the most important issue facing all Indiana families, declared leaders and allies of Indiana’s gay and transgender communities in a press conference held earlier this morning by Indiana Equality Action (IE Action) while the Indiana Senate contemplates the adoption of a marriage discrimination amendment to Indiana’s constitution.
“We are greatly disappointed that some members of the General Assembly have decided to endorse an amendment that would forever write discrimination into the Indiana Constitution,” stated Don Sherfick of Indiana Equality Action. “Indiana is facing a crippling recession, high unemployment, diminishing job prospects, a significant budget deficit and serious threats to Indiana’s public education system and social services programs. A discriminatory constitutional amendment appears to be nothing more than a highly divisive political ploy, distracting Indiana from focusing on our state’s real problems.”
While the Marriage Discrimination Amendment passed the Senate Judiciary Committee January 20th, 2010, the full Senate has not taken a final vote on the proposal. It is urgent that you contact your Senator if you have not already done so and tell them to vote NO on SJR-13, the Marriage Discrimination Amendment.
“Hoosiers across the state are already suffering from a battered economy. Our elected legislators should concern themselves with solutions to get people back to work and not passing legislation that would dampen Indiana’s recovery from the current recession” commented Josephine Hughes speaking on behalf of the National Association of Social Workers. Explaining that any distraction from the state’s stark economic situation is damaging to Hoosier families, Hughes continued “Instead of offering solutions to the real problems Indiana families are facing, proponents of Senate Joint Resolution 13 are taking time on an unnecessary and damaging amendment to our Constitution, infringing on people’s human dignity.”
“Equality and fairness are Hoosier values” noted the Reverend Kevin Armstrong, Senior Pastor of North United Methodist Church and representative of the Interfaith Coalition on Nondiscrimination. “Discrimination of any kind should not be tolerated and certainly has no place in our state’s Constitution.”
If approved by the Senate the Marriage Discrimination Amendment will move to the Indiana House of Representatives.
On February 15th Indiana Equality Action will be providing a crash course in techniques for you to successfully communicate with and educate your State legislators. There will also be a panel at lunch to discuss legislation and answer your questions. Immediately following the lobby training you will have an opportunity to meet with your State Representative or senator and discuss your concerns about the Marriage Discrimination Amendment and other important issues pending before the Indiana General Assembly.
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