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DePauw, Wabash College Join Fight Against Gay Marriage Ban

DePauw and Wabsh presidents said their institutions are dedicated to fostering "ideas and innovation" and that depends on "an environment of openness and inclusion."

DePauw University and Wabash College announced today they are opposing an amendment that would change the state’s constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

“Our students come from around the country and around the world, and our fundamental goal is to educate them to think critically, exercise responsible leadership, communicate effectively, and tackle complex problems,” DePauw University President Brian Casey and Wabash College President Gregory Hess said in a joint statement. “This depends on attracting talented faculty and staff, a task that is made more difficult by the passage of this amendment.”

The institutions announced they would become members of Freedom Indiana, a bipartisan grassroots coalition created to oppose House Joint Resolution 6. Columbus-based engine manufacturer Cummins, Indianapolis drug manufacturer Eli Lilly and Indiana University have already joined the coalition.

A Purdue University spokesperson said last week that university would not take a stance on the issue.

Indiana already has a law banning same-sex marriage, but a change to the state constitution would make the law harder to overturn.

Indiana General Assembly first voted in favor of the amendment in 2011.

Lawmakers must vote to approve the measure again this session if the ban is to move forward. If that happens, the proposed constitutional change will be placed on the November 2014 ballot.

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