Please join IEA as we honor the Indiana Fever, Eli Lilly and Company, Cummins, Inc., and other champions of Hoosier equality at our annual holiday celebration!
When: Saturday, December 7, 2013
Where: Bankers Life Fieldhouse 125 S. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis (click for map)
Time: 6 PM – 8 PM
Tickets: $50 regular, $250 patron (available here)
** Half-price parking available in Bankers Life Fieldhouse Garage **
Interested in becoming a sponsor for this event? Contact Chris Paulsen at 317-313-6468
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!
Join IEA and allies from around the state as we kick off the campaign to defeat HJR-6!
When: Wednesday, August 21 at 12 PM
Where: Indianapolis Artsgarden attached to the Circle Center Mall
Address/Map: 110 W. Washington Street
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2013
Legal: Attorney, Don Sherfick, 317-435-1938
Local Impact: IEA President, Chris Paulsen, 317-313-6468
IEA Executive Director: Rick Sutton, 317-428-7439
INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Equality Action President Chris Paulsen and the allied groups listed below issued the following statement in response to today’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8:
“The DOMA decision is an enormous victory and a joyous day for loving, married couples and their families – and for equal justice under the law. Today, the Supreme Court affirmed that all loving and committed couples who marry deserve equal legal respect and treatment.
“In an additional victory for the freedom to marry, the Supreme Court dismissed the Perry case, ruling that the proponents of Proposition 8 do not possess legal standing to appeal the lower court rulings that invalidated it. This ruling likely means the swift restoration of the freedom to marry in California.
“We are enormously encouraged by today’s Supreme Court rulings, but we know that it will have little effect on the legislative situation in our state.
“Proponents of HJR-6, which would permanently alter the Indiana Constitution to prohibit marriage equality, said earlier this year they would wait for the Supreme Court to act before charting their legislative course. We hope they will forsake HJR-6, but we are preparing to launch a grassroots educational outreach campaign opposing the amendment should they pursue its passage.
“We continue to believe that HJR6 should be abandoned because it runs counter to our core Hoosier values and creates a host of unintended legal consequences.
“A study done late last year 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, and it bears noting that marriage is already strictly defined as between a man and woman under Indiana law.
“Whatever the General Assembly decides, we will be prepared either to support their decision to abandon HJR-6 or to fight the amendment in every community across our state. Hoosiers value kindness and love, and we all deserve to live in a state that doesn’t write inequality into its Constitution.“
ALLIED ORGANIZATIONS IN SUPPORT OF THIS STATEMENT
Indiana PFLAG (Parents, Friends of Lesbians and Gays)
Indiana Stonewall Democrats
OneVoice Indiana, Dr. William Buffie
Wednesday, June 26th will be an historic day for the marriage equality movement in the U.S. Whether we will gather in joy to celebrate a sweeping victory or simply come together in solidarity to demonstrate the continuing determination of LGBTQ Americans to fight for our rights remains to be seen, but either way, as Hoosiers, we will still have a long way to go in moving our state forward.
Let your voices be heard and your presence felt at one of these rallies around the state.
Bloomington – 5:30 PM
Monroe County Courthouse (southeast corner)
100 W. Kirkwood Avenue WEATHER-RELATED LOCATION CHANGE!
300 E. 3rd Street
Link to FairTalk’s “DOMA and Prop 8 Rally” Facebook event page
Indianapolis – 6:30 PM
Statehouse (east steps)
200 W. Washington Street
Link to IEA’s “Decision Day Rally” Facebook event page
Lafayette – 6:00 PM
N. 2nd Street
Link to Pride Lafayette’s “DOMA and Prop 8 Rally” Facebook event page
Don’t forget to check out the SCOTUS blog and watch it all happen live at 10 AM tomorrow.
For a quick look at each possible ruling, see this interactive graphic from The Washington Post.
For a more static glance at the possible rulings, see this graphic provided by Lambda Legal.
The Indiana legislature just adjourned and we can now report that valuable efforts to save local Human Rights Ordinances statewide were successful.
S.B. 213 passed both houses last month. It was intended to address local governments’ salary/benefit ordinances.
Its unintended consequence? Elimination of all local human rights ordinances.
IEA worked closely with legislative leaders and multiple mayors who wanted a strong statement to be sent: local HROs protect over a million Hoosiers…we will not tolerate any reduction in HRO protection.
IEA’s lobbyist worked closely with the Speaker’s office to draft corrective language to exempt HROs from S.B. 213. It was successful.
We received help from numerous allies in the Statehouse and beyond–we’re very grateful.
Our special thanks to the Governor, whose multiple public statements indicated his support for a “fix” and to Indianapolis Mayor Ballard, who told reporters the HRO protection was needed to send a message of inclusion and diversity. Several other Hoosier mayors weighed in, too.
We are deeply indebted to those who stood with us. The support crossed party lines. That’s the kind of support we’ll need from you as we move forward to defeat HJR-6, the Marriage Discrimination Amendment.
Thanks to all of you for your continued support of IEA. Let’s get ready for the 2014 session and HJR-6.
A broad coalition of Hoosier churches, equality organizations, and community groups have joined forces to present a series of screenings of the film Inlaws & Outlaws and discussion events in Indianapolis, Bloomington/Ellettsville, and Lafayette this May.
Billed as All IN for Love, the program features four public screenings of Inlaws & Outlaws as well as post-screening Q & A’s with filmmaker Drew Emery. For two of the shows, FairTalk will also lead facilitated conversation circles on the intersection of faith and marriage equality. While the presentation of the film is to inspire greater understanding and support for marriage equality, the conversation circles are an opportunity for people with divergent points of view to respectfully find common ground.
Thursday, May 2nd
Time: 7 PM screening; Q&A with Drew Emery
Place: Indiana Interchurch Center, 1100 W. 42nd Street, Indianapolis (click address for map)
Suggested donation: $10 (proceeds benefit Indiana Equality Action)
Saturday, May 4th
Time: 1 PM screening; Q&A with Drew Emery; 3 PM conversation circle facilitated by FairTalk
Place: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 6050 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis (click address for map)
Price: Free (donations accepted!)
Time: 7 PM screening; refreshments and Q&A with Drew Emery
Place: Endwright Center, 7500 W. Reeves Road, Ellettsville (click address for map)
Suggested donation: $10 (proceeds benefit FairTalk)
Sunday, May 5
Time: 1 PM screening; refreshments and Q&A with Drew Emery; 3 PM conversation circle facilitated by FairTalk
Place: Sylvia’s Brick Oven & Columbia Ballroom, 625 Columbia Street, Lafayette (click address for map)
Price: Free (donations accepted!)
I wanted to follow up with you on our meeting last week regarding the marriage equality and the Supreme Court arguments. This morning, Senator Donnelly released a statement publicly stating his support for marriage equality, which I have listed below.
Senator Joe Donnelly Statement on Marriage Equality
“In recent years, our country has been involved in an important discussion on the issue of marriage equality. While serving in the House of Representatives, I had the opportunity to act on a core belief of mine: we are a stronger country when we draw on the strengths of all Americans. I voted to repeal ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ and was an original supporter of the bill that would make it illegal to discriminate against someone in the workplace because of their sexual orientation. It is also for that reason that I oppose amending either Indiana’s or our nation’s constitution to enshrine in those documents an ‘us’ and a ‘them,’ instead of a ‘we.’ With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage, I have been thinking about my past positions and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all.”
Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions about the Senator’s position or if our office can be of any assistance in the future.
Senator Joe Donnelly
Tuesday, March 26th, 5:30 – 6:30 PM (Bloomington)
FairTalk invites everyone to gather and show our support and hope for a fair and just Supreme Court ruling on the DOMA and Prop 8 cases. This rally is being held at the Monroe County Courthouse as part of a nationwide event in support of marriage equality called United for Marriage: Light the Way to Justice.
Wednesday, March 27, 6-7 PM (Indianapolis)
As a part of the “Light the Way to Justice” movement, IEA will be holding a vigil on the east steps of the statehouse in Indianapolis (220 W. Washington Street) from 6-7 PM on Wednesday, March 27th. Bring your family, bring your friends, and join us to show your support for relationship equality at this unprecedentedly significant moment in our nation’s history.
Wednesday, March 27, 6-7 PM (Lafayette)
Join Pride Lafayette and people from both sides of the river as they meet in the middle of the pedestrian bridge at 6:00. At 6:15 they will march to the Courthouse in downtown Lafayette. Several Community Leaders have agreed to speak, including Heather Maddox (Tippecanoe County Democrats), Rev. Charlie Davis, Ashley Smith (Pride), and Margy D., (PFLAG) (more possible speakers yet to be determined)
(Any events planned in your neck of the woods? Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion)
Wondering how the cases before the Supreme Court will impact us in the Hoosier state?
For those of us staying behind while IEA past-president Rick Sutton heads off to D.C., Don Sherfick has put together a fact sheet pdf about how the arguments heard tomorrow and Wednesday will reverberate into the heartland in June.