Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Indy Chamber Announces Throws Support to Opposition of HJR-6

The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, better known as the Indy Chamber, has announced that it will oppose efforts to pass House Joint Resolution 6 in the upcoming General Assembly session and support efforts by Freedom Indiana and others to defeat the legislation.

HJR-6, if passed, would put marriage equality on the ballot in 2014.  If the voters approved the language of HJR-6, it would be placed in the Indiana Constitution banning legal recognition of marriage of people of the same sex or people in "a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage."

Besides being bad for attracting talented individuals to our state and region, the Indy Chamber points out that no one knows what the effects of HJR-6 would be on existing state and local laws and employer policies.  Opponents estimate this simple amendment to the Indiana Constitution would change hundreds of laws on the books, and they say it would effectively write discrimination into the Indiana Constitution.

It appears all of this was taken into consideration when the Indy Chamber made its decision.  The Indy Chamber's Chair of the Board of Directors, John Thompson, said in the Indy Chamber's news release announcing the position, “The proposed marriage amendment does nothing to help show the nation that Indiana is a place that welcomes all, not just some, and we must be mindful of how actions such as this will impact our competitiveness on a national and global level.”

The statewide Indiana Chamber of Commerce has said it will not take a position on HJR-6.  Wonder if the Indy Chamber's backing of the opposition might help change the minds of the statewide chamber?

You can read the Indy Chamber's press release here.

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