BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – On Monday, Indiana University announced that it has joined many of the state’s leading businesses and organizations as a member of Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan, grassroots campaign launched this summer to oppose amending the state Constitution to define marriage as strictly between a man and a woman.
Freedom Indiana was created to oppose House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR6), which calls for an amendment banning same-sex marriage to be sent to the voters for a statewide referendum in November 2014. The Indiana General Assembly will consider the issue in its next legislative session, beginning in January 2014, at which time it could decide to vote down, table or approve the amendment be placed on the ballot.
“Equality, compassion and respect for individuals have long been the bedrock of Indiana University’s educational mission, and the lack of tolerance implicit in HJR6 runs counters to IU’s deeply held values,” IU President Michael A. McRobbie said. “We are proud to join the Freedom Indiana coalition and, in doing so, stand with some of Indiana’s most respected employers and organizations on the side of fairness.”
McRobbie also noted that HJR6 would, if approved, provide some prospective employees a disincentive to locate in Indiana, adding to the state’s challenges to remain economically competitive.
“HJR6 sends a powerfully negative message of Indiana as a place to live and work that is not welcoming to people of all backgrounds and beliefs,” McRobbie said.
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“As a major employer in the state, IU competes with universities and companies around the world for the very best talent, and HJR6 would needlessly complicate our efforts to attract employees to our campuses around the state.
“The university looks forward to lending a strong voice in the effort to ensure that the state’s Constitution is not altered to codify an intolerance that is not representative of the best of Hoosier values.”