Letter to the Editor: Bipartisan Resolution Opposes HJR-6

Below is a Letter to the Editor, published in the Indianapolis Star, regarding a bipartisan resolution opposed to HJR-6.

Letter to the Editor
Councillors Barth, Mansfield, Adamson, Hunter

Bipartisan Resolution Opposes HJR-6

When the Indianapolis the City/County Council convenes on November 11, 2013 this bipartisan group of Councillors will present a resolution that opposes HJR-6, the proposed constitutional amendment that defines marriage and bans all civil unions. We urge the state legislature to defeat HJR-6.

The truth is state law is already very clear – in Indiana, marriage is only legal between a man and woman; there is no need to amend the constitution to make that clearer. We believe that amending our state’s constitution is a serious undertaking that can have consequences for generations. This amendment would result in a negative impact on our state’s well-deserved reputation for “Hoosier Hospitality” and diminish our value as a business friendly location.

The possibility for lasting economic impact is real. Publicly traded, Indiana-based, corporate giants like Eli Lilly & Co. and Cummins have made it clear that HJR-6 is wrong for Indiana businesses with a senior Lilly executive recently saying that “putting HJR 6 into our state’s most important legal document presents a barrier to us in recruiting and retaining that great talent.”

Closer to home, the very broad language of HJR-6 could erase the gains Indianapolis has made in recent years by jeopardizing several existing and important city/county ordinances, including the domestic partnership ordinance recently passed by the Council and signed by the Mayor.

We believe that our city – and state – is a welcoming place to live, work and play. By introducing this resolution we are encouraging our colleagues in the General Assembly to agree with us and to vote against HJR-6 when the legislature convenes in 2014.

UPDATE: A copy of the resolution can be found here: Proposal 354

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