Bil Browning

Urgent Action Needed!

Filed By Bil Browning | January 10, 2005 3:44 PM | comments

Filed in: Action Alerts, Marriage Equality
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To members and friends of the glbt community of Indiana: Please take seriously the need to forward this message to any members of the community, allies, and listservs around the state!

ACTION:

1.) E-Mail Senator Brandt Hershman of Lafayette (even if he is not your senator) at s7@in.gov and advise that you are opposed to any amendment banning access for same sex couples to the marriage contract. This amendment would deny us the equal protections guaranteed by the Indiana Constitution and is an encroachment upon our religious liberty.

2.) Call Senator Hershman (317-232-9494) and tell him the same. Tell him that you may not be a constituent of his, but his legislation affects everyone across the state and it is an intolerable infringement upon the protections guaranteed us under the Constitution. (They will ask for your address.)

3.) Contact your own senator! Send an e-mail, write a letter and telephone with the same message. You can determine your senator through this website: http://www.in.gov/apps/sos/legislator/search/

4.) Contact Sen. Garton, President Pro Tem of the Indiana Senate (Phone: 317-232-9416 and s41@in.gov) and advise that you are opposed to any amendment banning access for same sex couples to the marriage contract. This amendment would deny you the equal protections guaranteed by the Indiana Constitution. Ask for his help in stopping a ban. (Representatives of Indiana Equality will be meeting with Senator Garton this week.)

Please send copies of your e-mails to: ie@incoalition.org

BACKGROUND:

Senator Brandt Hershman of Lafayette proposes to introduce a constitutional amendment that would not only ban equal access to marriage, but even the legal incidents of marriage. Though his intent is arguable, the language is clear and constitutes a threat to our ability to obtain legislative relief that would protect our rights in our relationships and in our families. Hershman is newly elected, and has refused to entertain a compromise version of the amendment that would make a ban unnecessary. Because his actions affects all of us across this state, he should be addressed by all of us, constituent or not! (But it is especially helpful coming from constituents.)


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