This morning, Wednesday, January 20, 2010, the Indiana Senate Judiciary Committee passed Senate Joint Resolution 13 (SJR-13) by a vote of 6 to 4. Approving the bill were Senators Bray, Zakas, Head, Holman, Schneider, and Steele. Voting no were Senators Lanane, Randolph, Taylor, and Broden. Senator Alting was not in the room for the vote. The Marriage Discrimination Amendment is now eligible for consideration by the full Senate.If the state legislature votes in favor of the amendment, both House and Senate, it will then go to the electorate as a ballot initiative. If it passes, the state's constitution will be amended to define marriage as between one man and one woman.
So called “pro-family” organizations like Advance America, the Indiana Family Institute and the American Family Association of Indiana are keeping the pressure on Indiana legislators to advance this harmful proposal. It is not time to rest – we need to keep our own pressure going to stop this legislation.
ACTION: Go to Indiana Equality and attend their "Learn. Lobby. Influence" training seminar and contact your representative, urging them to vote NO to the marriage amendment.