Copied from Jay & Scott

Friends, I need your help. Soon, in the next few weeks, the Indiana House is going to debate and vote on SJR-7, which is the marriage discrimination amendment. If and when it passes the House, it will go before the entire electorate during the November elections of 2008. Don’t be fooled by the marriage language. The citizens pushing this legislation want you to think it’s just about marriage, but SJR-7 goes way beyond that.

Read the second sentence, as it’s the key to the damage SJR-7 will do:

(b) This Constitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.

Read that again:

(b) This Constitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups.

Friends, this amendment isn’t about gay marriage. That’s a clever ruse used by the amendment’s author and supporters. Gay marriage is already illegal in the state of Indiana. This amendment is about blocking any unmarried couple from having any of the rights straight married couples retain. SJR-7 means that law-abiding, tax-paying citizens could potentially lose the right to leave their estate to the person they love. It means hospital visitation rights could be lost. It means state-supported universities and organizations will have to drop their domestic-partner benefits. It means single women will not be able to report domestic violence since they aren’t married to their boyfriends. It means elderly siblings living together could lose the right to be there for each other legally. Adoptions and parental rights will be challenged. In Ohio and Michigan all of these things are already happening. And sadly, that’s where the people supporting SJR-7 want to start. This is just the beginning for them.

I urge you, if you know anyone who is gay or unmarried, take the time to write your representative today before it’s too late. The GLBT community only makes up between 5 and 10 percent of the population in any given Indiana county. We can’t stop SJR-7 by ourselves. Stopping it means you have to do something. If you’re straight, and oppose the potential discrimination your friends and loved ones might soon face, it’s your responsibility to fight this and to stop it. It’s up to YOU.

Here’s how you can help:

http://www.stoptheamendment.org/

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