Medical giant Indiana University Health has joined the Freedom Indiana coalition in opposition to House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR-6).
In a prepared statement, IU Health president and CEO Daniel F. Evans, Jr., said, “With Indiana law already defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman, permanently altering our constitution to further define marriage should not be a priority this legislative session. Instead, our elected leaders should focus on ensuring access to healthcare for all Hoosiers, growing our economy and creating jobs. IU Health is committed to the health and economic well-being of our communities: We challenge our policymakers to do the same.”
Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson responded, saying, “We welcome the support of IU Health as the coalition of individuals and organizations opposed to this amendment continues to grow. There’s no good reason to permanently write language into our constitution that removes protections for some Hoosiers, and it will adversely affect their health and well-being if we do so.” Freedom Indiana frequently touts its bipartisan support.
Previously, higher-education institutions including Butler University, Indiana University, Ball State University, Wabash College, DePauw University, Hanover College, and Christian Theology Seminary have spoken out against HJR-6. Business and organizational leaders the likes of Indy Chamber, Eli Lilly and Co., Cummins Inc., and Emmis Communications (IM‘s parent company) have done the same.