(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A group hoping to defeat Indiana’s proposal to ban gay marriage is kicking off their campaign Wednesday.
Freedom Indiana and its supporters will gather for a rally at the Indianapolis Artsgarden.
Indiana’s constitution already defines marriage as between one man and one woman. But in 2011, a proposed amendment that would strengthen the gay marriage ban, as well as a ban on civil unions, won approval in the General Assembly. If approved again during next year's legislative session, House Joint Resolution 6 would go before voters in November 2014. Governor Mike Pence has expressed support for strengthening the state constitution against gay marriage.
The Indianapolis Star reports that Freedom Indiana is run by Megan Robertson, the former campaign manager for Indiana 6th District Congressman Luke Messer, a Republican.
The organization also has the support of major corporations in Indiana. Eli Lilly and Co. and engine manufacturer Cummins, Inc. have taken the stance of supporting Freedom Indiana, arguing that a gay marriage ban would make it more difficult to recruit employees.
HJR 6 states that “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”
Lawmakers in the Indiana House and Senate, both controlled by Republicans, could have taken up the issue in the 2013 legislative session, but decided to wait and see how the U.S. Supreme Court ruled on two gay marriage cases. The rulings on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 would have no impact on the Indiana proposal.