In signing onto Freedom Indiana, IU joins some of the state’s largest and most progressive employers in opposing a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in Indiana, including Cummins Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company, as well as the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, and civil rights organizations such as the Indiana Equity Coalition, Freedom to Marry, Gill Action, American Unity Fund, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and the Human Rights Campaign.
Columbus-based manufacturer Cummins, which has long been a leader in the fight against a same-sex marriage amendment in Indiana, welcomed IU to the Freedom Indiana coalition.
“Cummins has a long history of commitment to diversity as a core company value,” Chief Administrative Officer Marya Rose said. “We think being inclusive promotes better ideas, promotes innovation and helps us better meet our customers’ needs. We are pleased that Indiana University is joining Freedom Indiana and others to oppose House Joint Resolution 6, which would be contrary to one of our Company’s key core values that we believe is important for our long term success.”
Likewise, Eli Lilly officials praised IU’s decision to join Freedom Indiana.
“Eli Lilly and Company is committed to finding solutions to some of the most difficult diseases humans face,” said Rob Smith, senior director of corporate responsibility. “To be successful, we must attract and engage a highly talented, increasingly diverse workforce. HJR6 makes these efforts unnecessarily more challenging.
“Our state would be far better served by setting this divisive resolution aside and focusing on more important issues, such as jobs and education. Lilly thanks Indiana University for its stand against HJR6 and for adding significant momentum to our collective efforts to stop this harmful amendment.”
– Daily News