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National Organization for Marriage Condemns Indiana House for Altering HJR3 and Insulting the Voters of Indiana

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 28, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


“The House today failed in its obligations to the people of Indiana and insulted voters’ intelligence by tinkering with the language of HJR3. Those who voted for this change implied that the voters cannot be trusted to discern and decide the matter for themselves. The Senate should restore the removed statement when given the opportunity, and undo this offense to the people of Indiana." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today condemned the Indiana House’s altering of the language of HJR3, when the House voted to remove one of the resolution’s key components. The organization’s President, Brian Brown, called on the Indiana Senate to restore the statement to the measure.

“The House today failed in its obligations to the people of Indiana and insulted voters’ intelligence by tinkering with the language of HJR3. Those who voted for this change implied that the voters cannot be trusted to discern and decide the matter for themselves,” said Brown. “It was grossly insulting to hear lawmakers from the floor effectively saying that Hoosiers were not intelligent enough to understand the measure unless its clarifying second statement was removed. The Senate should restore the removed statement when given the opportunity and undo this offense to the people of Indiana. They deserve the right to vote on this measure in its entirety, as they have expected to be able to do since its first passage in 2011.”

Brown argued that the House’s removal of the second sentence of HJR3 would weaken the measure substantially. “Without this statement, the proposed amendment is left significantly more vulnerable to future attacks by the judiciary, as has happened in other states. That is why it is so crucial that the Senate use its power to restore the needed language to the measure.”

Brown said his organization would be monitoring the progress of HJR3 closely though the Senate’s proceedings, and calling on its supporters in Indiana to contact their legislators to make their views on HJR3 heard.

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