The Louisville Fairness Campaign is praising President Obama for coming out in support of gay marriage on Wednesday in an interview with ABC News. The president said after personally wrestling with the issue and it was important he affirm that he supports gay couples being legally recognized under marriage laws. Earlier this week, Vice President […]
Same-sex marriage is now legal in New York, and couples from across the country have made plans to travel to the state for what are commonly called “destination weddings.” But those weddings will not be recognized by many other states, including Kentucky, which has a constitutional amendment against same-sex marriage. But Fairness Campaign director Chris […]
Citing concerns that it would hurt employee recruitment, Eli Lilly appealed to state lawmakers not to pass the constitutional amendment during this year’s legislative session. CEO John Lechleiter says he can’t say whether the state’s current same-sex marriage ban has deterred anyone from applying to work at the Indianapolis-based company, but he thinks the amendment definitely would.
Despite any progress on the federal level, Hartman says advocates should continue to support fairness laws on the city and state levels. The Fairness Campaign supports a repeal of Kentucky’s ban on same-sex marriage. The campaign is also working with city lawmakers in Berea and Richmond to pass fairness ordinances akin to Louisville’s.
“We have to survey our members and see what they want to do and plot our strategy politically,” says Rick Sutton. “But it could include individual action against individual members and it must include a public education campaign. We have to do that.”
The Republican-led House approved the amendment last month. The measure must pass both the House and Senate again in 2013 or 2013 to go to before voters on the 2014 ballot.
If it wins full passage this year, the measure would still have to be approved by the next legislature and then by Indiana voters in order for the state Constitution to be amended.
The committee will vote on the measure in a week. If it clears the legislature this year, it must again be approved by the next General Assembly and by voters in 2014 in order for the Constitution to be amended.
A Senate committee will take up the issue later this week. The House has already approved the proposal, and the Senate is expected to pass it as well.
The protesters say the amendment would write discrimination into the state constitution.
A gay marriage amendment passed the General Assembly in 2005, but it has to clear two legislatures and a public referendum in order to be put into the Constitution.