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Businesses, groups target Indiana gay marriage ban

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  • Martine Locke, left, and Jamie Locke, listen during the announcement of the new group "Freedom Indiana" on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. An alliance of Indiana-based employers and human rights organizations is launching a statewide movement to defeat passage of an amendment that would write the state's ban on same-sex marriage into the constitution.

      Martine Locke, left, and Jamie Locke, listen during the announcement of the new group "Freedom Indiana" on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Indianapolis. An alliance of Indiana-based employers and human rights organizations is launching a statewide movement to defeat passage of an amendment that would write the state's ban on same-sex marriage into the constitution.
    Associated Press

  • An alliance of Indiana-based employers and human rights organizations is launching a statewide movement to defeat passage of an amendment that would write the state's ban on same-sex marriage into the constitution.

      An alliance of Indiana-based employers and human rights organizations is launching a statewide movement to defeat passage of an amendment that would write the state's ban on same-sex marriage into the constitution.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS -- A coalition of businesses and activist groups has begun its push to defeat an amendment that would write Indiana's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution.

More than 200 people filled downtown Indianapolis' Artsgarden for Wednesday's announcement of the new Freedom Indiana group.

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Campaign manager Megan Robertson says passing the amendment would undermine the rights of gay and lesbian residents and harm Indiana's reputation. She calls the campaign against the amendment a bipartisan push.

The Republican-dominated Legislature passed the amendment in 2011, but the measure must pass a second time and be approved by voters before it's added to the state constitution.

Eli Lilly's director of corporate responsibility, Robert Smith, says passage of the amendment would hamper efforts by the Indianapolis-based drugmaker and other businesses to recruit top-notch employees.

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