Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Advance America Joins HJR-6 Fight with Not-So-Slick TV Ad

Letters...we got letters!
Freedom Indiana's 6K letters opposing HJR-6.
Photo from Facebook
As the Indiana General Assembly launched its 2014 short session on Tuesday, Freedom Indiana was busy delivering some 6,000 letters from the opponents of House Joint Resolution-6.  This morning, it appears that Advance Indiana has stepped up an effort on the opposite side to push the resolution.

For those of you hiding under a rock since 2011, HJR-6 is the amendment to the Indiana Constitution that would outlaw not only same-sex marriage but legal recognition of essentially anything like marriage.  The specific wording has gotten the attention of many Hoosiers:

Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) 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.
It passed easily through the Indiana House and Senate in 2011, but it must pass again.  Because it failed to gain traction last year, it must pass this year or it will die.  If it passes the Indiana General Assembly, it will go straight to the ballot for a vote in November.

Freedom Indiana has spent the last few months gathering support for the fight against HJR-6.  In my informal talks with individuals connected to Freedom Indiana, they remain cautiously optimistic that the message is getting through to legislators that most Hoosiers don't want this Amendment and want nothing to do with writing discrimination into the Indiana Constitution.

That isn't all Hoosiers.  Eric Miller's Advance America organization is running the first ads targeting seven Indiana House legislators that will decide whether or not to even bring HJR-6 back to the floor.  It shows the pictures of the legislators and gives their names saying that they stand between Hoosiers and the right to vote to "protect marriage"...whoopee!  All the while, dastardly and dark music drones in the background as "Hoosiers" plead for the right to vote on the issue.  Advance America's ad is decidedly low budget and not really effective.

Advance America has been active thus far.  The Indianapolis Star reported last month on a flier being distributed to church-goers in the Hoosier State.  Some have questioned the credibility of the information in the flier.  It's clear that Miller's group is falling back on fearmongering.  It smacks of desperation, and the ad the organization has produced for television does as well.

I question whether Advance America REALLY wants this fight.  Freedom Indiana has done a sensational job to this point spreading the word about HJR-6.  I've seen multiple anti-HJR-6 bumper stickers on random cars and know of multiple people outside of the political sphere that are not only up on and paying attention to this issue but very strongly opposed to the amendment.  Freedom Indiana also has a ground game that it hasn't necessarily employed yet.  It's the same type of ground game that turned Indiana blue in 2008.

This will be one to watch.  My sources say that even the most staunch right wingers in the General Assembly are doubtful that this legislation will even pass through a second time.  I remain skeptical.  Forgive me, but I don't have much confidence in this General Assembly to do the right thing.


kris said...

searched for the video, couldn't find it. would be ideal to use their video and contact those legislators for just the opposite purpose.

kris said...

nevermind, found it! contacting them soon!

johnnystir . said...

Thought about posting it, but why give the terrible ad any more airplay?