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Rainbow Chamber: Resolution and Call to Action Re Ban on Equal Access to Marriage

Filed By Ed Team | August 27, 2005 12:53 PM | comments

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The Board of the Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce has approved for circulation a Resolution in opposition of to the amendment of the Constitution of the State of Indiana to ban equal access by unmarried couples, especially same-sex couples, to the legal incidents of marriage in the State of Indiana. It is the intent of the Rainbow Chamber that the Resolution, which appears below, serve as the principle vehicle by which the business community of Indiana can signal its opposition to the present version of the Amendment.

This Resolution will provide a vehicle for business opposition to SJR7 and support for efforts to mitigate its damage. It is the intent of the Rainbow Chamber to publicize both the Resolution and its signatories in 2007 or before, as appropriate.

ACTION:

The Rainbow Chamber urges your help in the following:

1.) If you are a business owner, executive, or employer empowered to speak for your organization, and wish to add your organization as a signatory, please forward to the Rainbow Chamber (info@indyrainbowchamber.org) the following information:

Name of Organization
Name of Principal Contact empowered for this initiative
Title of Principal Contact
Address of Organization
Phone Number of Organization
E-mail address of organization

Please note that only the name of the organization will be noted as a signatory to the circulated resolution. The other information will be retained privately, but is necessary to ensure that the decision to become a signatory is valid and to classify the signatory according to the

2.) If you are an employee of an organization, PLEASE ASK YOUR EMPLOYER TO BECOME A SIGNATORY to this resolution.

3.) PLEASE FORWARD THIS MESSAGE to any business owner or any employee that you believe will or should support this resolution.

Respectfully,

Chris Douglas
President
Indy Rainbow Chamber of Commerce

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RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO A CONSTITUTIONAL BAN ON THE LEGAL INCIDENTS OF MARRIAGE FOR UNMARRIED COUPLES
WHEREAS all our employees, customers, and vendors are important to us regardless of their sexual orientation or marital status;
WHEREAS the majority of Hoosiers support fair treatment of same-sex or unmarried couples in important areas of relationship law (such as inheritance, hospital visitation, etc.)
WHEREAS important financial structures, mutual obligations, domestic rights, and other such legal incidents of marriage are increasingly accorded, recognized, afforded, or assigned to couples by their local governments and are therefore increasingly common to nationally and internationally mobile employees, customers, and vendors;
WHEREAS an amendment to the Constitution of the State of Indiana proposes to prohibit in Indiana the legal recognition of such increasingly accepted legal incidents,
WHEREAS such a prohibition invalidates mutual domestic legal rights and responsibilities for our employees, customers, vendors and others as they cross the Indiana State border to purchase or provide goods and services, promote Hoosier competitiveness, attend conventions, or obtain medical treatment;
WHEREAS such a prohibition impedes the ability of Indiana business to compete in the free attraction and deployment of employee talent, and the attraction of business without regard to sexual orientation or marital status;
THEREFORE we oppose the amendment banning not only equal access to marriage but also the legal incidents of marriage for same sex couples, and we support and encourage a change to this amendment that would instead promote fair treatment for same sex couples.


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