Members of the marriage equality group Freedom Indiana are celebrating what they’re calling a historic victory for all Hoosier families.
Local Freedom Indiana chapters held community meetings Wednesday evening in fifteen locations across the state after keeping HJR-3, the proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, off the ballot this year.
Jess Novak is the South-Central Regional Field Director for Freedom Indiana. She says the work marriage equality advocates in Indiana do hasn’t been limited to the past few months.
“Freedom Indiana is just giving people the space to do work that they’ve already been doing for the last ten years as a bigger community or just give people the space to find their own kind of passion and motivation.”
Philip Cooper, who has a lesbian daughter, has been an advocate for marriage equality for over a decade. He says over the last six months, he spent countless hours manning phone banks and traveling to and from the statehouse.
“Fortunately I was retired so I had a lot of time to devote to it,” Cooper says. “It felt like it was pretty much a job.”
Novak says thanks to people like Cooper, she was confident about HJR-3’s eventual defeat.
“I was never, never fearful,” Novak says. “Too much momentum and too many people doing good work.”