Bil Browning

Indy Chamber of Commerce Rejects Marriage Amendment

Filed By Bil Browning | October 22, 2013 1:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: constitutional amendment, Greg Ballard, Indiana marriage amendment, Indianapolis Mayor, Indy Chamber of Commerce, Megan Robertson

FreedomIndiana.jpgThe Indy Chamber of Commerce has announced the group will officially oppose a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.

In a press release sent out this morning, board chairman John Thompson said, "The Indy Chamber is in the business of strengthening our economy and attracting top talent to our region. 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."

Freedom Indiana, the group leading the charge against the legislation, was quick to react to the news.

Campaign manager Megan Robertson commented, "The Indy Chamber's decision to oppose HJR-6 comes down to Hoosier common sense: They know it's bad for business and will hurt our ability to attract new jobs and talent to Indiana."

"We're pleased to welcome them to the growing bipartisan coalition of parents, lawmakers, faith leaders, business owners and advocates for liberty who are standing together to make sure our state continues moving forward. We launched our campaign with support from Cummins and Eli Lilly and Company, two of Indiana's largest employers.

The Indiana campaign is the first state battle led by a Republican and focused on Republicans using their own talking points - business considerations, personal freedom, and smaller government. Robertson is the former communications director for conservative Republican Congressman Luke Messer and ran Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's re-election campaign.

Ballard has also publicly rejected the proposed amendment as being divisive and bad for business. In 2011 during the campaign, he told local media, "It's already against the law so I'm not sure why they're trying to do that. The businesses, they don't like it, and I'm about jobs and I'd like to see people or businesses hire the best quality people they can so I'm not sure what the point of that is."

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