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Purdue University Senate Opposes Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels talks with students outside Stewart Center following the announcement that he will become Purdue University's 12th President

The Purdue University senate approved a resolution on Monday opposing Indiana’s proposed constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.

Over the last month Indiana University and other schools came out against HJR-6, but Purdue officials said they would remain neutral on the issue.

The senate that drafted the resolution represents the voice of faculty and students. It is a separate entity from the administration that said it would not comment on the issue last month.

The group voted 63-4 to pass the resolution.

The resolution says the proposed gay marriage ban goes against Purdue’s equal opportunity policies and will harm employee recruitment and retention.

“We are defending Purdue values of Diversity and Tolerance, and the fact that we do have benefits for same-sex domestic partners,“ says David Sanders, Chair of Purdue University Senate Steering Committee.

Sanders says the input from the senate could potentially influence the decision of the administration.

“At the time they were asked about it, they said they were going to solicit the opinions of stakeholders. And President Daniels stated that we are the most important stakeholders in the discussion. Now we have spoken, “ he says.

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