Bipartisan statewide organization to support the integrity of the Indiana Constitution, promote liberty and fairness for all Hoosiers.
INDIANAPOLIS — A coalition of Indiana businesses and groups today announced the formation of Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan statewide organization that opposes the amendment that would permanently alter the Indiana Constitution to define marriage and could potentially affect hundreds of rights under current Indiana law.
Marriage already is strictly defined as between a man and woman under Indiana law.
Freedom Indiana will immediately undertake a grassroots campaign focused on the 2014 legislative session, where Indiana lawmakers can choose either to table or vote down the amendment or send it to voters for a statewide referendum next November. Freedom Indiana is committed to protecting the Indiana Constitution by defeating the amendment should it appear on the ballot.
Initial coalition partners include Indiana Equality Action, Eli Lilly, Cummins, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action, American Unity Fund, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, and the Human Rights Campaign.
“We will make sure lawmakers and voters know that we shouldn’t be tinkering with the Indiana Constitution to deny freedoms to certain individuals,” said Indiana Equality Action president Chris Paulsen.
“We’re Hoosiers, and our core values include liberty and fairness. This amendment runs counter to both and may also create a litany of unintended legal consequences.”
A study published in November 2012 by students at the IU Maurer School of Law found a significant number of rights and obligations related to marriage that could be permanently denied under the proposed amendment.
Freedom Indiana is run by an independent board of directors headed by Indiana Equality Action executive director, Rick Sutton. The coalition includes Indiana businesses, community, civil rights and faith leaders, advocates for fairness, former and current lawmakers and Hoosiers who believe we must take a strong stand for freedom if we want our state and its residents to prosper.
The Indiana Freedom campaign is managed by veteran political operative, Megan Robertson, who has worked for the Indiana Republican Party, Marion County Republican Party and on two GOP presidential campaigns. She managed Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s successful 2011 campaign.
“Indiana has always been a welcoming community known for our ‘Hoosier Hospitality’,” Robertson said. “This amendment directly contradicts the reputation that has helped us recruit jobs and economic investment for our state. The Freedom Indiana campaign brings together those who have an interest in preserving our freedoms and moving our state forward regardless of political affiliation.”
The campaign currently is headquartered in Indianapolis with plans to establish regional headquarters in the coming months.
For more details, stay tuned to the Freedom Indiana Facebook page, visit its Twitter account (@freedom_indiana), and sign up to help fight for equality in the Hoosier state by volunteering or contributing here!