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Today, the Evansville City Council, as whole, filed a Resolution opposing House Joint Resolution No. 6 (“HJR 6”), which is the proposed State Constitutional Amendment that would narrowly define marriage as only between a man and woman. HJR 6 would also prohibit the Courts of Indiana from recognizing the same-sex marriages of Hoosiers that occur outside Indiana.
As the Resolution states, City Council strongly believes that discrimination in any form adversely impacts Hoosier families and the ability of industry to attract the best employees. And as it is the intent and obligation of City Council to promote economic develop in Evansville, City Council opposes HJR 6 and the negative impact that it will have on Industry’s desire to do business in Indiana.
“I am proud to co-sponsor this Resolution. The State Legislature should spend less time worrying about how people formalize their personal relationships and a lot more time on economic development. HJR 6 flies in the face of job creation and fails to reflect the values of a majority of Hoosiers,” said Councilwoman Brinkerhoff Riley.
Brinkerhoff Riley went on to say, “leaving legally married Hoosiers in a limbo of permanent marriage is not good public policy. Same-sex couples divorce at the same rate as heterosexual couples. For Hoosiers that desire a divorce, there is no mechanism in Indiana to divide property or end the marriage. The State Legislature should be expanding access to Indiana statutes, not burying their heads in the sand, and pretending like the problem doesn’t exist. Hoosiers can now go to Illinois and get married. It won’t be long until Indiana has thousands of married Hoosiers that need a mechanism for divorce.”
The Resolution will be heard by City Council next Monday, December 9, 2013, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Room 301 of the Civic Center.