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Emmis Communications Joins Opposition To Gay Marriage Ban

Emmis Communications says the bill would be bad for business.

Indianapolis based media conglomerate Emmis Communications has joined Freedom Indiana in its opposition to a state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan echoed other groups that have joined Freedom Indiana, by saying a constitutional ban on same sex marriage sours state commerce but could also hamper the work environment.

“Making a constitutional amendment just sends a message that we are not a very welcoming place, and when you are a company of this size and the size of [Eli] Lily and Cummins, you try to recruit a very diverse workforce,” he says.

Eli Lilly, Cummins, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and Indiana University have signed on with Freedom Indiana.

Earlier this week DePauw University and Wabash College announced their opposition to the bill.

But WTHR reports Kosciusko County Silent NO More announced its support for the measure today.

The group describes itself as “Tea Party” – which traditionally takes a more libertarian approach to politics. But the group’s president, Monica Boyer, explained that her group is getting involved because of concerns over same-sex marriage denying people “their religious freedom and opinion.”

“When we allow a group to re-define marriage, those who hold religious convictions are criminalized,” Boyer said in a statement.

Indiana General Assembly voted in favor of the amendment in 2011. Lawmakers must vote to approve the measure again this session before it is placed on the November 2014 ballot.

Note: Network Indiana contributed to this report, and Emmis communications is the parent company of Network Indiana. 

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