While the ACLU of Indiana has long fought for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered communities, no battle on this front has been more important than the fight to protect the Indiana Constitution from the stain of discrimination.
Constitutions are for defining and preserving rights; they should not be about limiting rights or excluding whole groups of people.
The ACLU of Indiana, along with a bipartisan coalition of businesses, faith leaders, civil rights and community organizations, came together under the banner of Freedom Indiana during the 2013-2014 legislative session to defeat HJR-3 (formerly HJR-6), a proposed amendment that would permanently alter the Indiana Constitution to define marriage and could potentially affect hundreds of rights related to marriage under current Indiana law.
While we were successful in stopping HJR-3 from being on the ballot in 2014, lawmakers may still bring up the measure for debate in future legislative sessions. Not only does this anti-freedom amendment duplicate existing law, but it would also permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families.