Jerame Davis

Effort to Defeat Indiana's Amendment Gets Major Support

Filed By Jerame Davis | August 24, 2013 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Cummins Engine, Eli Lilly, gay marriage, Indiana, Indianapolis Star, marriage amendment, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

FreedomIndiana.jpg"In the eyes of many business, political, academic and religious leaders, stamping Indiana as unfriendly to gay people may do harm in many ways.

"That harm includes to the state's economy. Lilly and Cummins Inc. have funded the coalition at $100,000 each, a sure sign of just how seriously they take their warnings about the potential loss of talent and investment if the amendment drive prevails.
"Also of note is the bipartisan nature of the Freedom Indiana effort. Both Republicans and Democrats attended the kick-off event on Wednesday. And a Republican, Megan Robinson (sic), with experience working for Sen. Dan Coats and U.S. Rep. Luke Messer, will manage the campaign. Old notions about a liberal-conservative split on this issue are no longer necessarily true."

-- The Indianapolis Star Editorial Board once again reminds lawmakers in the Hoosier state that a constitutional amendment to ban marriage equality will harm business in a state already reeling from the Great Recession. Many outside Indiana don't understand the critical place this battle occupies in the larger national movement toward full equality. The truth is that Indiana is a harbinger for the movement's future and we will continue to explain to readers why that's true.

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