House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR-6) would define marriage as between one man and one woman. This is already state law. Putting this level of discriminatory legislation in the state’s highest governing document will continue to push younger residents out of the state as well as tell the nation that Indiana is NOT welcoming nor the “State that Works.”
But the second line reads “a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.” What does this mean? No one has been able to clearly define what effects this sentence would have on existing marriages, domestic partner benefits, human rights ordinances, legal contracts and benefits for unmarried couples. House Speaker Bosma and Senate President Pro Tempore Long have questioned whether it’s wise to include it. Once adopted in the state constitution, the next generation of legislators will not be able to change a bit of it, even if circumstances or opinions change.
I want to thank Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore for publicly opposing HJR-6, joining numerous mayors across the state, including Goshen Mayor Allan Kauffman.
As we begin 2014 we should continue to walk toward our future as a community of love and service. May we continue to do the work we are each called to do and experience one of life’s greatest joys, giving of ourselves as a community that continues to touch hearts, change lives and transform the world.
— Chad Crabtree