Dear Indiana

I live in Indiana. I’ve spent most of my life in Indianapolis, although I was born in the east coast and my entire family is from the east coast. I don’t think I will ever leave Indiana, although that’s only because I am remarried and I don’t think my ex-husband will ever move either. So here I am. And really, my state sucks. Especially now when we insist on wasting taxpayer money by pushing for a bill that many of us don’t want.

That bill is HJR-3. It was formerly known as HJR-6 before it was renamed not too long ago. Unlike in other states, where legislatures contemplate giving LGBT individuals the right to marry, HJR3 doesn’t even approach it. Instead, HJR3 further enshrines discrimination into the state constitution. It has also been estimated that the law will affect heterosexual couples, too, and around a thousand other laws in Indiana.

“Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana.

“A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”

On one hand, our state Governor (Mike Pence) says that he wants to create jobs. On the other, he ignores the statements from large employers such as Eli Lilly, Cummins, Angie’s List, and others who state that the law will hinder their ability to attract and keep quality employees.

Newsflash: Many straight people hate discrimination, too.

Unfortunately, my state is filled with small, conservative Christian towns. While Indianapolis is progressive compared to the rest of the state, Indiana is conservative compared to other states. We are backwards, and our state legislature thinks nothing of wasting time and money on pet projects and regressive laws. (Don’t forget Brian Bosma here.)

And keep in mind: Indiana does not currently recognize homosexual relationships. This law just puts it in the constitution.

If you are an LGBT ally, please stand up for all of us in Indiana. We could use your support.Learn more:

Freedom Indiana

Marriage Equality in Indiana – HJR3 and the Hubris of Top Politicians

Opponents of HJR3

Faith for Freedom – clergy against HJR3

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About Lynn Swayze

Lynn Swayze is a writer, IT professional , and mother of four. She was raised Southern Baptist, but began questioning her faith before she became a teenager. She is currently converting to Judaism. Email her at lynnswayze {at} gmail {dot} com, or connect on Facebook or @Following_Ruth or @LynnSwayze.