Dear Marriage Supporter,
Monday afternoon the Senate Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee passed HJR 3, the Indiana Marriage Amendment, and sent it to the full Senate for debate and vote.
Unfortunately, they did not restore the critical 'second sentence' to the Resolution. Unless this sentence is restored and HJR 3 passed in its original form, the right of Indiana voters to have their say on marriage at the ballot box in November 2014 will be gravely at risk.
There are two things to do:
First, please take the time today to contact your State Senator, urging him or her to restore the 'second sentence' during floor debate and pass HJR 3 in its original form. Use this link to send a message right away. Thank you.
Second, come out the State House this Thursday, February 13th for a rally. Let us:
We will gather at NOON on the State House Rotunda.
— Make our voices heard and our presence felt before the Legislature and the media
— Send a clear message to the both chambers that Hoosiers demand the right to vote on marriage this year
— Demand that the Senate restore the 'second sentence' to HJR 3 and pass the original version back to the House for passage.
Now is the time to take a stand. Contact your Senator today and come out on Thursday to rally with marriage champions from across the state.
The best parking is the Circle Center Mall garage. It is $2 for the first 3 hours. The garage is 1 1/2 blocks from the Statehouse and the entrances are marked with a large circle with a purple ‘P’ in the middle. Take the elevator up to the Atrium from the garage, walk thru the Atrium, down two flights of escalators and through the tunnel underground to the Statehouse. Once you arrive, you will need to go outside through security. Take the elevator up to the 3rd floor.
The Senate is expected to conclude debate on the Resolution this week or, at the latest, early next week. So it is imperative that you contact your Senator today.
The people of Indiana deserve the right to vote on marriage and enshrine its definition in the State Constitution. Without such protection, the current definition on the books — that marriage is in fact solely the union of one man and one woman — will be open to attack by activist judges who will aim to impose their personal views on the entire state.
To ensure the people's right to vote, the Senate needs to restore the 'second sentence' to HJR 3 and pass the resolution as approved by the Legislature in 2011. It has been a long road to get to this point, and it is time that the voters have their say in the matter — in fact, 80% of Hoosiers have said they want that opportunity this year.
Your right to vote on marriage in November 2014 hangs in the balance in the Senate. Please contact the Senate today and demand that they pass HJR 3 as originally written, including the 'second sentence,' so that Hoosiers can vote on marriage in November.
Please forward this email to as many friends and family as possible using the buttons below. The Senate needs to hear clearly that the people demand the chance to vote on marriage this year!
Marriage champions across Indiana have worked for years to get the Marriage Amendment on the ballot in November 2014. It will take all our efforts to finish this process as we push the Senate to restore the original language of HJR 3 and secure the people's right to vote. Send your message now.
For our children and grandchildren,
Brian S. Brown