Freedom Indiana has launched. The group will be working to defeat HJR-6, a proposal to amend the state’s constitution to include marriage discrimination in it. The proposal would ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families in the state of Indiana.
The coalition of groups is headed by Megan Robertson, a Republican.
According to Freedom Indiana, back in February “legislative leaders from Indiana’s House and Senate announced that they would not vote on HJR-6 in 2013 – but that a vote could occur during the 2014 legislative session. If the amendment is approved in 2014, it will be placed before Indiana voters during the November 2014 election.”
Roughly 200 people attended the inaugural press conference for Freedom Indiana. Some held blue signs reading “Liberty for All Hoosiers” as they filled Artsgarden in Indianapolis for the announcement.
Eli Lilly and Cummins Inc, both among Indiana’s top employers, joined Indiana Equality Action, Freedom to Marry, the ACLU of Indiana and other groups in order to announce the creation of the coalition. Eli Lilly’s director of corporate responsibility, Robert Smith, said that the passage of the amendment would hurt the business’ ability to recruit the best employees from around the world.
Smith stated that “We want Indiana to be an attractive place to live and a wonderful place to do business. And we want those outside our state to view Indiana in the same way.”