same sex marriage

Wabash, DePauw join Freedom Indiana

Nov 4, 2013

Wabash College and DePauw University are opposing an effort to ban same sex marriage in Indiana through a constitutional amendment. The two private institutions issued a joint-statement announcing they have joined Freedom Indiana, which is a bipartisan organization fighting the proposal.

The presidents of both schools say it will be more difficult for them to attract talented faculty and staff if the amendment is approved. They also say their institutions depend on an environment of openness and inclusion that would be compromised if the amendment is enacted.

Conversation with Purdue's president for October

Nov 1, 2013
Purdue University

Purdue’s president says a consensus must be reached before the university takes a stance on such a divisive issue as same sex marriage. Even then, Mitch Daniels says he’s not sure the university should get involved.

“It’s just a subject to be approached, I think, with some reflection and some caution,” he says. “You also have to say, you know, once you’ve done one of these, there might well be others and not sure what those (issues) might be or whether we’d be glad.”

The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce is taking a stand against a proposal that would rewrite the state constitution to define marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Chamber president Michael Huber says the amendment is a distraction from economic and workforce development challenges. He believes if the General Assembly approves the proposal, it will have a negative impact on the city’s business climate.

A majority of Hoosiers say using a constitutional amendment to deal with same sex marriage is the wrong course according to a new poll released Tuesday.  The poll is from a group opposing Indiana’s constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.

Freedom Indiana’s poll – conducted by former Mitch Daniels-pollster Christine Matthews – says 64% of Hoosiers don’t think amending the state constitution is the right way to deal with same sex marriage.