Help Us Nix 6 – The Indiana Marriage (Discrimination) Amendment

As of the 2014 Session – HJR-6 is now filed as HJR-3 References listed to HJR-6 should be referenced to the new HJR-3.

The Indiana Marriage Discrimination Amendment or House Joint Resolution 6 (HJR-6 Now HJR-3) has passed through Indiana’s House and Senate. It is on track to become the first time in Indiana’s history when our constitution is amended to take away rights rather than to grant them.

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What Exactly is the Indiana Marriage Discrimination Amendment?

HJR-6 (Now HJR-3) is a proposed constitutional amendment amendment that seeks to narrowly define marriage in Indiana.  The exact wording is as follows:

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.

What Happens if It Passes?

This Amendment would have a dramatic effect on gay and lesbian relationships in the state.  Depending on interpretation, the amendment could do the following:

  • Prevent any future attempts to allow for same-sex marriage
  • Eliminate health care benefits for same-sex partnerships
  • Eliminate legally binding documents for same-sex couples that are “substantially similar to marriage” such as wills and trusts
  • Eliminate inheritance laws from being applied to same-sex couples
  • Eliminate hospital visitation rights

What Happens Next?

HJR-6 must pass through the House and Senate again in 2013. If it passes, unaltered, it will be on the ballot in 2014. This means that Hoosiers will cast their vote either for or against HJR-6 as it is written today.

Where Can I Learn More?

  • A fact sheet with a quick overview of HJR-6 and impacts
  • View the Differences between Perception and Reality when it comes to HJR-6 (Now HJR-3)
  • Check out the “More Than Just a Couple” report from IEA and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law’s LGBT Project on the 614 rights & responsibilities in state law that would be impacted by HJR-6′s passing