The MarriageAmendmentA.K.A. The MarriageDiscrimination Act
“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.”
Unmarried same and opposite sex couples will likely lose the few legal protections they have been able to attain through the courts. Employers who currently offer domestic partner benefits to same and opposite sex couples will no longer be able to do so. Because the wording is vague judges will define what is substantially similar.
HJR6 would violate our state constitution…wouldn’t it? Article 1 Section 23. The General Assembly shall not grant to any citizen, or class of citizens, privileges or immunities, which, upon the same terms, shall not equally belong to all citizens.
Loving v. Virginia 1967 Marriage is one of the "basic civil rights of man," fundamental to our very existence and survival....In this case race was the issue, but the heart of theissue of interracial and same sex marriages are thesame. This case defined marriage as a civil rightand in 2010 Judge Vaughn Walker cited this casein his decision to overturn proposition 8 inCalifornia. He adds that "the right to marryprotects an individuals choice of marital partnerregardless of gender" http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/loving-v-virginia-gives- hope-for-same-sex-marriage/2011/03/04/AGKVoWNH_blog.html
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) lists on it’s website Marriage talking points where they say, "Gays and Lesbians have a right to live as they choose, they don’t have the right to redefine marriage for all of us." Who is defining marriage? Most states engaged in this debate are defending against constitutional amendments like HJR6. Few are like New York proposing (and securing) Marriage Equality legislation.
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