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Letter to the editor: Indiana Legislature should say no to HJR 6

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 8:58 am

It’s astounding that in this day and age the Indiana Legislature is giving consideration to a constitutional amendment that would legalize the banning of freedoms and protections for some of its citizens. HJR 6, if passed, would do just that.

It would permanently ban some freedoms, protections and benefits for same-sex couples and their families and, in addition, remove the same for unmarried opposite-sex Hoosiers. Sixteen states and Washington, D.C., have moved forward by enacting laws that are inclusive saying that same-sex citizens have all the rights and protections as their opposite-sex citizens.

Many of Indiana’s mayors, corporations, churches, colleges and universities have spoken out against HJR 6, stating that this legislation would surely paint Indiana as a hostile work and living environment for some of its best and brightest citizens. Without a doubt our state would lose valuable talent and, indeed, gain a very negative reputation with the rest of the country.

Why wouldn’t a society that clearly has a homosexual population and always will, want to do everything possible within this community to promote committed and monogamous relationships? Being inclusive by protecting their freedoms and rights instead of banning them by constitutional law should be the Indiana way.

HJR 6 is bad for people and bad for Indiana. Please ask your legislator to say “no” to HJR 6.

David Kirk