The Bloomington Faculty Council unanimously voted Tuesday to support IU President Michael McRobbie and the Freedom Indiana coalition in opposing a proposed amendment banning same-sex marriage in Indiana.
At the meeting Tuesday, Bloomington Faculty Council President Herb Terry called for a vote on a three-part resolution opposing House Joint Resolution 006. The BFC will now work to recruit other staff and faculty groups to adopt the same stance.
According to IU Provost Lauren Robel, the school’s decision to take a stance on a social issue is an unusual, but necessary one.
“This is a matter that really would affect the university in negative ways were it passed- particularly in our ability to recruit and retain the very best talent for our campus and for maintaining an open and welcoming campus for our staff faculty and students,” Robel said.
The council amended the third part of the resolution, which originally called for “other faculty governance bodies” to support similar resolutions. President Terry changed the language to include all other university faculty, staff and student organizations.
During the meeting, Vice President for Diversity Equality at Multicultural Affairs James Wimbush showed his support for the resolution.
“This is something that we need not be silent about,” Wimbush said. “We need to make sure that everyone understands that we truly are committed to the diversity and we welcome and embrace it on all of our campuses. And so we needed to be out front and I’m glad that we were.”
Lawmakers must approve the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage next session for it to appear on the ballot next fall.