Your Support Made the Difference! Thank You!
Senate Joint Resolution 13, the Marriage Discrimination Amendment, has died in the Indiana State House.
Due in large part to your support and actions, the proposal to amend Indiana’s state constitution was stopped when the Indiana House of Representatives did not conduct a hearing on this discriminatory proposal. Friends of fairness and equality generated nearly 15,000 e-mails and letters to State Legislators urging them to reject SJR-13.
The Marriage Discrimination Amendment was advocated by Advance America, the American Family Association of Indiana, and the Indiana Family Institute. Even though Indiana has passed the Defense of Marriage Act in 1997, a law that has been upheld by Indiana courts, these organizations pushed for enactment of an unnecessary and discriminatory amendment. These proponents conducted press conferences, organized State House gatherings, and targeted legislative leadership with e-mail and letter campaigns. And none of it worked!
A tremendous thank you is due to all who joined in this battle - the coalition members of Indiana Equality Action, corporate and academic allies, clergy from around the state, legal experts, organized labor, media outlets, and bloggers – each made invaluable contributions. These friends of equality have ensured that discrimination and hate were not permanently embedded into our great state constitution.
Watching out for the interests of LGBT Hoosiers across our state is an expensive task. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to Indiana Equality Action to help further our work. Please visit our secure websiteand make a contribution today to support this important advocacy for fairness and equality.