FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 26, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS — Freedom Indiana, the grassroots organization that successfully fought Indiana’s proposed ban on same-sex marriage and made it clear that the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was a “license to discriminate,” issued the following statement today about the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark marriage equality decision.
Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of marriage equality in Indiana. Today is the two-year anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Windsor decision, which invalidated a key section of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The statement can be attributed to Freedom Indiana campaign manager Katie Blair:
“So many families have waited so long for this day that it hardly seems real, but the Court made clear today that all Americans should have the freedom to marry the person they love.
“Freedom Indiana got its start two years ago fighting a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw the very thing the Court today recognized as “a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of the person.” Hoosier couples won the freedom to marry last June. And now same-sex marriage is the law of the land in the United States.
“As we celebrate this victory for families across our nation, we must not forget that our work here is not done. In Indiana, you can still be fired, denied housing or turned away for service because you are gay. Without statewide nondiscrimination protections in place, LGBT Hoosiers have to seek out inclusive communities. They should feel welcome everywhere, and we’ll continue our fight to update state civil rights laws to include sexual orientation and gender identity.
“Just as all Americans should have the freedom to marry, we want to make sure all Hoosiers have the freedom to live, work and play in our state with no fear of discrimination.”