Divisive Issue Will Not be on 2014 Ballot

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The Indiana Senate is expected to hold a final vote Monday on a constitutional amendment that aims to further define marriage, but it will not include language dealing with domestic partner benefits and civil unions. Efforts to restore the phrasing removed by members of the House failed yesterday in the Senate, keeping the marriage issue off the ballot until at least 2016. Indy Chamber President Michael Huber says his organization is pleased a "divisive" referendum on the amendment will not be held this year. Freedom Indiana, which is a coalition of employers and universities opposing the measure, calls yesterday's action "a huge victory." State Senator Mike Delph (R-29) and Dennis Kruse (R-14) unsuccessfully attempted Thursday to restore the measure's original phrasing.

February 14, 2014

News Release

Indy Chamber President and CEO Michael Huber's Statement on Senate Vote of HJR-3

"While it is disappointing HJR-3 continued to advance today, we are pleased the Indiana Senate has likely spared the state from a divisive referendum on this distracting issue in 2014. The Indy Chamber will remain steadfast in its efforts to ensure HJR-3 does not continue to shift focus from vital issues like education, workforce development and job growth."

About the Indy Chamber

The Indy Chamber is the voice of progress and improvement for the Indianapolis region's business community. With membership of nearly 3,000 businesses representing 230,000 employees in the Indianapolis region, the Indy Chamber is leading the effort to strengthen the business climate, improve the state of education, revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the region's workforce. In 2012, the Indy Chamber merged with Indy Partnership, Develop Indy, and Business Ownership Initiative. For more information about the Indy Chamber, visit IndyChamber.com.

Source: The Indy Chamber

February 13, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Following today's Indiana Senate vote on House Joint Resolution 3 (HJR-3), Libertarian Party of Indiana State Chairman Dan Drexler issued the following statement:

While there is cause to celebrate today's successful delay of discriminatory efforts to define personal relationships in our Constitution, the regrettable reality is that Indiana law still forbids consenting adults the right to define relationships as they choose.

We commend Freedom Indiana for its leading efforts in bringing about this two-year delay.

While many Hoosiers have advocated the importance a statewide referendum on HJR-3, popular vote is not and should not be a tool of the masses to control the few.

The Libertarian Party will continue to work toward our goal of removing government influence over personal relationships entirely.

ABOUT THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY

The Libertarian Party is America, and Indiana's, third largest political party founded in 1971 as an alternative to the two main political parties. Its vision is for a world in which all individuals can freely exercise the natural right of sole dominion over their own lives, liberty and property by building a political party that elects Libertarians to public office, and moving public policy in a libertarian direction.

The Libertarian Party of Indiana was formed in 1974, and has maintained ballot access since 1994. Sam Goldstein, an Indianapolis resident, currently serves as Chairman.

Source: The Libertarian Party of Indiana