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Indiana State Students, Faculty Rally For Marriage Equality

A poll released by Indiana Freedom showed the majority of Hoosiers think using a constitutional amendment to deal with same sex marriage is the wrong course.

Students, faculty, and community members rallied in Terre Haute Friday for marriage equality.

Photo: Ashley Beaman/WTIU News

Students, faculty, and community members rallied in Terre Haute Friday for marriage equality.

At the Indiana State University Dede Plaza, the Sycamore Democratic Society led the Rally for Marriage Equality. Amidst the rainbow balloons and posters, students spoke about their experiences as members of the LGBT community.

Executive Director of Indiana’s Equality Action Program Rick Sutton says the resolution the legislature plans to consider in its upcoming session is both bad public policy and bad business policy.

“The House Joint Resolution 6 is a proposed Constitutional amendment that would forever enshrine hatred in the Indiana Constitution,” he says.

The proposed constitutional amendment would specifically define marriage as that between only a man and a woman. Sutton says young, educated people don’t want to work and live in an area where discrimination still exists.

“In addition, it sends the kind of message that we are not open, and affirming, and equal. So we think it’s bad public policy all around,” Sutton says.

In late September, a poll released by Indiana Freedom showed the majority of Hoosiers think using a constitutional amendment to deal with same sex marriage is the wrong course.

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