It was great to be a Boilermaker today, as the University Senate of Purdue joined Purdue Student Government in overwhelmingly opposing HJR-6 (The Marriage and all Similar Institutions Discrimination Amendment). That said, one should note that the President of Purdue (Former Republican Governor of Indiana and individual who is NOT an academic, Mitch Daniels) has stated neutrality. Thus, I would still encourage people to sign the petition asking him to put the university over politics and oppose the amendment.
Purdue has now joined the other major universities in Indiana - Indiana University, Wabash, DePauw, Ball State, and Butler - in opposing the amendment.
Watching as this effort progresses, I continue with my optimism - Indiana has a chance. Indiana really could defeat this amendment. A lot has changed since these amendments started happening. The streak of states enshrining discrimination in their constitutions has ended. Minnesota defeated a marriage discrimination amendment. Washington, Maryland, and Maine won marriage equality at the ballot box. Hawaii, the state where it all started, now has marriage equality. Legislatures and courts have also expanded the number of states. Public opinion is changing and people are waking up.
|Image from Freedom to Marry. Note 2013 isn't over, and it is quite likely we will hear from at least New Mexico before we ring in 2014.|
|Image from Freedom Indiana, on the Indianapolis city council voting to oppose HJR-6.|
That said, this is a fight. We can't expect those who want to enshrine discrimination (with incredibly ambigious language) into the constitution to play fair. I hope we can stop this before it happens by killing the money wasting ballot question (take action such as contacting your state legislature here). This ballot question will be resource intensive (such as the cost of the legislature's time, the cost to hold the vote, etc), and that alone is a reason to oppose the measure, and to try to kill it early.
|Image from Freedom Indiana concerning a newspaper opposing HJR-6|
The Purdue community has shown it opposes this amendment, and I expect many Hoosiers to follow. Take action such as contacting your state legislature here.
Edit 21 November 2013 - Butler added to list of universities opposing the amendment.