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Purdue staying out of squabble over gay marriage

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Purdue University isn't taking sides in the fight over a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages.

One day after Indiana University announced it has joined a campaign fighting the proposed amendment, Purdue on Tuesday said it would remain neutral on the issue.

Spokeswoman Julie Griffith told the Journal & Courier that Purdue traditionally has declined to comment on social issues that are being debated in the public arena.

The General Assembly 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.

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  • Squabble?
    "Squabble" is the choice of words used by the IBJ to describe the most significant civil rights movement in decades? This proposed amendment to the Indiana State constitution not only would prohibit gay marriage, but also deny recognition of civil unions or any other status “identical or substantially similar to that of marriage.” It's unfortunate our local media would find all this petty and trivial, but the reality is a majority of Hoosiers disagree. Denying people equal rights and protections under the law is a serious matter and shouldn't be left to be influenced by misguided religious ideologues. Sixteen countries, along with fourteen U.S. states now have the freedom to marry. If you're smart and rational, you know where this is going. Is Indiana really positioning itself to go down in history as the last U.S. State to ratify a constitutional ban on marriage equality? As a Hoosier that values freedom for all people, I certainly hope not.
  • Civil Rights
    It's not about Purdue staying out of politics. Its about Purdue failing to stand up for basic human rights. IU and the Indiana business community has. Why not Purdue? I'm disappointed.
  • D C Indy
    You clearly know nothing of the "gay agenda" it mostly includes shopping, cocktails and being nice to people. Your "agenda" comment is passé. I don't understand your comment "It's about time you started treating others with the kind of dignity and respect you ask for from them. Is that too much to ask?" The GLBT community is asking for exactly what the "straight" community has. GLBT's are asking for the dignity and respect of NOT being discriminated against. Discrimination in any form, compromises the rights of all of us
  • reply to Uhmmm
    OK, let’s review, IU is more than just a state funded institution it is a major employer here in Indiana (think larger than just Bloomington). Bloomington boasts having more ethnic restaurants per capita than anywhere in the US. What does that mean? That means that IU has ATTRACTED a large diverse population to Indiana. IU wants to continue to attract a diverse population not only as students but as faculty, therefore, IU gets to have a say in what happens in Indiana. IU also operates satellite schools in places like Indianapolis, Kokomo, and Fort Wayne which are all communities that are…say it with me, diverse. If an employee who is not a white, straight, republican, male should have an opportunity to choose between becoming a faculty or MD in a state that is diverse or not diverse that employee might choose the other state rather than ours, we would lose that talent and that would be a travesty. THAT “Uhmmm” is why IU has sided with the thinking community and said discrimination should not be tolerated in our state
  • I agree
    I think Purdue is wise to stay the hell out of it. This has nothing whatsoever to do with higher education. It is idiocy to assert that if an organization chooses not to take a position on something, then that means it is against it. Purdue is orientation neutral and has had gay and lesbian faculty and staff since I was there in the 1970s. And, by the way, just because someone chooses not to join in with promoting the "gay agenda" doesn't make them a homophobe or a bigot. It's about time you started treating others with the kind of dignity and respect you ask for from them. Is that too much to ask?
    • Dah
      Since when does a state funded institution get a say in making laws. Yeah for Purdue for keeping out of politics. Besides the other school is in the rainbow community, so why would they not say something....
      • No surprise
        No suprise with a right-winger in sheepskin like Mitch leading the way.
      • Diappointed in Purdue
        This alumnus is not giving any more donations to Purdue.
      • Ashamed
        Ashamed of my Alma mater for sitting out of this one. I commend IU for taking a stand for liberty, justice, equality and freedom. Life long Boilermaker here, but I have to say Go Hoosiers!!
      • Well...
        ... "unfortunately" for the backers of the constitutional ban, the court decisions that WILL overturn that ban (and probably any similar state law) were made earlier this summer, in case they missed it. Discrimination has no place in our Constitution!

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