Indiana University joins gay marriage ban fight

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Indiana University has joined a campaign fighting a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages.

The university announced Monday it was joining Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan coalition that includes Eli Lilly and Co., Cummins Inc. and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.

IU President Michael McRobbie said the amendment would turn some prospective employees away from Indiana and increase the state's challenges to remaining economically competitive.

The General Assembly overwhelmingly approved the proposed ban in 2011, but the current Legislature would need to approve it again before it would go to voters in a statewide referendum. Indiana law already bars same-sex marriage, but backers of the constitutional ban say it would provide an impediment to potential court decisions that would overturn the state law.

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


    Maybe Mr. McRobbie can rehire Masters & Johnson for tenure then get govt grant(taxpayer $) for study on how to procreate life from same sex. Then IU can continue their liberal track record with proof of procreation from same sex. Until that happens, the ideals of marriage as man & woman should be supported by IN legislature & others as sign of moral guidance. Anthem cancelled my individual health insurance this month. Now I can get Obamacare plan with contraceptives and maternity care at 40% increase. Thanks libs. God Bless America- Land of Free(healthcare, housing, food, phones) Maybe we should have kids that work to pay for the goodies and learn to believe in themselves rather than govt.
  • The Administration != The University
    I agree. The issue aside, the university administration does not and should not try to represent the university on political issues. In short, University Administration != (does not equal) The University.
  • Hey Rick
    You have yet to present your evidence that young people will flock to a religiously conservative, socially regressive state in numbers large enough to make this ban an economically sound decision. Feel free to post that any time.
  • Freedom to Marry is a civil right
    I see freedom to marry as a civil right. The government should not be telling me what other adult I can or can't marry.
  • Don't appear to be intolerant
    It would be a huge mistake to pass the proposed Constitutional Amendment. It would tell the world that Indiana is biased against gays. Indiana would be perceived by others as being controlled by bigots and the religious fringe.
    • It's about time
      Jobs, jobs, jobs. I am ashamed we would even consider throwing away all of our hard work to attract talent and new companies by telling part of the talent pool that they aren't welcome. We need to attract the best person for the job. Not the best religiously superstitious person.
    • IU is wrong this time
      Let me start by saying we have a student at IU and I support the institution, literally, with tuition and other expenses. Also, I am not going to bring up whether same sex marriage is right or wrong. In my opinion, this declaration amounts to gross insubordination of a state run institution. This is not a stand-alone organization. It is a state institution. If you have a problem with your boss, you let them know behind closed doors and don't air your 'complaints' in the media with a public campaign. As far as I am concerned, this would be cause for McRobbie's dismissal for just cause.
    • I am embarressed
      I am embarrssed that I graduated from a University that preaches non-diversity. While I am not an advocate for same-sex marriage, as detest public institutions who line their pockets with public funds and disengage their students by showing that diversity is wrong.
    • Micah
      Actually, Micah, the folks moving here because of the conservative, traditional values are young, masters/doctorate level individuals employed in highly technical (i.e. programming/web-based) fields within the life sciences industry. So... the argument that young, smart people don't care about tradition falls flat on its face. These people exist and they are longing for a home that supports their values. Marriage is for one man and one woman. Period. The state needs to stand up for this. It would be in IU's best interest to get on board with the amendment as well.
    • IU gets it right
      "I personally know people that have moved to Indiana because of the conservative values that the state is known for." No offense, Rick, but these aren't the future innovators and job creators of America. Indiana should want to appeal to the young, the well-educated, the creative... that is, the future. People that move to a state because of its conservative values will not, in the long run, contribute to its survival in the global economy. The marriage amendment is a cancer growing on this state, and we need to remove it before it kills us. Sincerely yours, a straight, conservative, young, well-educated, creative individual who supports legal marriage equality.
      • IU
        My degree says IU on it. Frankly, I'm ashamed. It is my opinion that IU is blatant in its practices of indoctrinating students and employing professors that are not afraid to use their bully pulpit of the classroom to promote liberal propaganda. The gay marriage amendment needs to pass. Failure to do so will contribute to the continued decline of our society - and will hurt the state. I personally know people that have moved to Indiana because of the conservative values that the state is known for. If we embrace those traditional values, that trend will only grow. People are longing for a place where they can be surrounded by like-minded individuals. I strongly believe that taking a stand against the loud, vocal minority is in the best interest of Indiana. "Diversity" for diversity's sake is not always good. So, yes, it is time for a change in the state. It's time to for Indiana to take the lead and stand up against the bullies. It's time for the state to say definitively that sometimes, long standing traditions are best kept intact. I for one am standing up.
      • Proud to be a Hoosier
        Once again, the Administration at IU makes me proud to be an IU Alumni. We are talking about basic Human Rights that treat everyone as equals in the eyes of our state government. As the governor and the state legislature peer through the large end of the funnel they sadly view growth and prosperity for our state as a small opening going forward. Turn the funnel around and expand your vision before the world passes Indiana by for states with basic freedoms afforded all citizens. True vision is a game changer.
      • Thank you, IU!
        Jim - Your logic is flawed. Given that IU is a public institution, there is even more of a compelling reason for IU to take issue with any proposed legislation that would have a negative impact on the university. In addition, when people are being denied equal rights and protections under the law, I don't think anyone should remain "neutral" or "stay out of it", as you assert. It's high time Hoosiers take a stand against the blatant discrimination being proudly exhibited by our State representatives and show the rest of America we value equal rights for all people in this State.
      • Disagree
        The need for people and groups to "stay out of it" is a pretty flaccid argument. IU is in the business of education, and they want to attract the best and the brightest. Yes, they receive tax dollars, but it is in their best interest to show that they do not hold the narrow minded position that our legislature does. I am glad they stepped forward. The time for silence has passed.
      • Something isn't right
        Without getting into the substance of the statement, and without opening the can of worms of discussing gay marriage... I do not think the state-run university should be publicly making statements about what state legislation it likes. This is essentially a state agency, they should remain completely neutral and stay out of it.

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