Community to help defeat marriage bill

James Vaughn

Freedom Indiana is setting its sights on Evansville this week.

The organization is committed to striking down a bill that would alter Indiana’s Constitution, permanently banning same-sex marriage, civil unions or any legal recognition for unmarried couples.

In August, the coalition started a statewide campaign aimed at defeating House Joint Resolution-6 (HJR6), should the amendment appear on a ballot during the 2014 legislative session.

During tonight’s Evansville Community Meeting, Freedom Indiana representatives will share information about the campaign and teach individuals how to get involved.

Safe Zone Founder Amie McKibban plans to attend the meeting and said she hopes others will to.

“It’s just what I do,” McKibban said. “I live and breathe social justice.”

Safe Zone’s trained allies will attend the meeting as well.

“If I had it my way, 300 would show up,” McKibban said. “It’s all about the power of numbers. We have a large LGBTQ community here and I think that surprises people.”

“The meeting is free, and they don’t need to bring anything but themselves – unless they want to bring family and friends,” said Megan Robertson, campaign manager. “To be successful, we need help from Hoosiers in every corner of the state. Hoosiers are known for our hospitality – this doesn’t match that image.”