TERRE HAUTE —
A bad law that must be stopped
In January, state lawmakers will gather in Indianapolis to consider a piece of legislation that will destroy Hoosier families and send the message that our state is an unwelcoming place to live, study and work.
HJR-6 is a proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution that would permanently define marriage (which is already defined as between one man and one woman under state law) and make it impossible for same-sex and unmarried couples to ever receive any protections.
It would even prevent domestic partnerships and civil unions, and no one has any idea what effect it would have on health care coverage, human rights ordinances and other benefits offered by public and private employers.
I serve as the statewide coordinator for Parents, Families, & Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). We have nine chapters across the state, and we’ve been working for years to make sure all LGBT Hoosiers are treated with dignity and respect.
My son, Matthew, is gay. He is the most important person in my life, and I cannot bear the thought that this amendment will make his life more difficult. It makes me sad to know that if HJR-6 passes, it will send the message to LGBT Hoosiers that they are second-class citizens. My son is not a second-class citizen, and you can bet I’m going to fight to protect him. What mom wouldn’t?
But HJR-6 doesn’t just affect LGBT Hoosiers and their families. It’s an issue that touches everyone who shares a commitment to Indiana’s future and the well being of all who choose to call our state home.
That’s why parents like me have been working with Freedom Indiana, the statewide organization fighting the amendment, to spread the word that HJR-6 is bad law, and Hoosiers should fight its passage.
The goal of Freedom Indiana is simple: Build a bipartisan grassroots coalition to stop the amendment. We’ve helped make tens of thousand of phone calls and write thousands of letters to lawmakers to let lawmakers know HJR-6 will divide our state when we should be working together to tackle issues that will improve the quality of life for everyone.
As a mom and a volunteer, I made a vow that I would do everything in my power to stop this amendment from getting voted into the Indiana Constitution, and I hope you share that commitment.
This holiday season, as you gather with friends and family, remember that this debate is about more than protections for same-sex couples: It’s about justice for all.
— Annette Gross
TERRE HAUTE —
A bad law that must be stopped
- Readers’ Forum: March 7, 2014
Readers’ Forum: March 6, 2014
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Great work by TV sports staff
- Readers’ Forum: March 5, 2014
Readers’ Forum: March 4, 2014
Lunatic ravings of the far right
Let IRS take the bullying pledge
Readers’ Forum: March 3, 2014
Social workers honor profession
Readers’ Forum: March 2, 2014
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Thanks to all at Sarah Scott
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An argument of science and law
Chance to expand your knowledge
Excellent service from paper carrier
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Summer adult baseball league for all ages
Recognizing that all people matter
More selfish opposition to Common Core
- Readers’ Forum: Feb. 28, 2014
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 27, 2014
• Unfair criticism of electric utility
- Readers' Forum: Feb. 26, 2014
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 25, 2014
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HJR-3 opponents afraid of the truth
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 24, 2014
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Say no to alcohol at the State Fair
Protect yourself against bad food
Warm appreciation for support staff
Merit in approach
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 23, 2014
• A specimen of bad policy
• And up it goes
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• Fugitive thoughts on a winter day
• America taking steps backward
• Being respectful, not anonymous
• Kind help on a cold morning
• Let us throw another stone on the pile
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FLASHPOINT: Did legislators place bad bet on Common Core?
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- Readers' Forum: Feb. 21, 2014
READERS' FORUM: Feb. 20, 2014
• Take another look at Terre Haute
• The state that adapts, adopts
- READERS' FORUM: Feb. 19, 2014
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 18, 2014
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All handouts equal
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 17, 2014
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READERS FORUM: Feb. 16, 2014
• Wrong direction on income issues
• Vet, staff at Brown gave caring service
• Worried about governor’s words
• Drying up stream of public support
• We have passed the tipping point
• Making sure the poor get poorer
• It’s all relative
• Support needed for Catholic school
• Great response from center
- READERS' FORUM: Feb. 14, 2014
READERS FORUM: Feb. 13, 2014
• Expressing thanks for helping students
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 12, 2014
• Sandbagging the time zone issue in Indiana
• Learning, excelling at McLean school
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 11, 2014
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Right approach on meth abuse
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 10, 2014
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READERS FORUM: Feb. 9, 2014
• In praise of the CVS decision
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• Stop canned deer hunts from becoming legal
• When judgment is vindicated
• American kids are behind in learning
• Donate healthy foods to the ‘Y’
• Be skeptical with facts concerning sex assaults
- Readers' Forum: Feb. 7, 2014
Readers’ Forum: Feb. 6, 2014
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