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IPFW comments on controversal Indiana gay marriage amendment

Thursday, November 7, 2013 - 11:07 am

As universities across Indiana are voicing opinions on the proposed constitutional gay-marriage ban, IPFW is now joining the conversation.

When asked about IPFW's stance, IPFW Chancellor Vicky Carwein said this is an issue each individual person can weigh in on, but as an institution, she said that diversity adds richness to the campus and courses at the university.

"IPFW places value on its students, faculty and staff, and diversity is an important aspect of the core mission. We maintain that value. We continue to recruit top-notch faculty and staff, and embrace our diverse group of students," she said.

HJR-6 is a proposed amendment that would permanently alter the Indiana Constitution to define marriage and could potentially affect hundreds of rights related to marriage under current Indiana law.

The legislature passed the amendment in 2011, but the measure must pass a second time to be approved by voters before it's added to the constitution.

The legislation goes before the General Assembly for the second time early next year. If it's approved, the issue would then go before Indiana voters in November 2014.

Thirty states have constitutional amendments banning legal recognition of same-sex marriage and five others, including Indiana, ban it by law.