Bil Browning

Indiana Dems Demand Marriage Fight Accounting

Filed By Bil Browning | September 10, 2014 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: Attorney General Greg Zoeller, Greg Zoeller, Indiana, Indiana Democratic Party, marriage equality, same-sex marriage

The Indiana Democratic Party has asked the Attorney General's office for a detailed accounting of all expenses and employee hours related to the state's defense of their laws against same-sex marriage. They have also asked for copies of all correspondence between the Attorney General's office and the Governor's office to coordinate strategy.

indiana-ag-zoeller-dontdefend.jpgChair John Zody hand delivered the letter to Attorney General Greg Zoeller's office on Monday. Zoeller's office responded today to say they would comply with the request "in a reasonable time period."

September 8, 2014

The Honorable Greg Zoeller
Attorney General
Indiana Government Center South
302 W. Washington St., 5th Floor
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Dear Attorney General Zoeller,

Pursuant to IC 5-14-3, I am requesting public records concerning your office's judicial pursuits concerning the state's ongoing effort to ban same-sex marriage in Indiana. Recent efforts to enshrine this discriminatory ban into our state's Constitution during the 2014 legislative session and subsequent court rulings have prompted attention on the matter that warrants further inquiry into how much taxpayer money has been spent. While the Governor maintains the state has an ongoing surplus, he continues to slash agency and university budgets in the name of fiscal responsibility. As such, I am asking for information from you relating to the fiscal impact of the state pursuing a marriage ban.

More specifically, I am requesting:

  • Records detailing expenses related to all cases pertaining to the defense of the state's gay marriage ban.
  • Records detailing the hours spent by employees of the Attorney General's Office on said cases.
  • Correspondence between the offices of the Attorney General and Governor regarding those cases.

Last week's decision by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals made very clear the direction the issue of same-sex marriage is taking not only in Indiana and Wisconsin, but nationwide. After spending months debating the issue in the General Assembly while Indiana families went without health care, struggled to make ends meet and faced a household income lower than it was ten years ago, it is incumbent upon our state's leadership to focus on issues that will grow Indiana's economy and to be transparent with Hoosiers as to the expenses related to issues that will arguably only divide us.

I appreciate your timely response to this request. While certain items may be "excepted" under Indiana public records statutes, I hope you will agree Hoosiers are entitled to the utmost transparency when it concerns the use of public funds.

Respectfully,

John Zody
Chair

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