WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Indiana University announced Monday that it will stand against the proposed state Constitutional amendment that would define marriage as being strictly between a man and woman. For now, Purdue University is staying out of it.
"I don't really have an issue with it and so anything that's going to ban it, I'm probably not going to be on that side," said Amanda Benagh.
"I don't view it as like I'm a strong supporter or against it by any means, but if it's something you like, you should have the right to do it, I guess," said Brian May.
Some Purdue students News 18 caught up with Monday night were not fully supportive of gay marriage, but they were against banning it.
"It's irresponsible, I guess, to say it's illegal or something like that," said May.
IU announced Monday that it is joining Freedom Indiana. Freedom Indiana describes itself as a coalition of businesses and community organizations campaigning against House Joint Resolution Six. HJR6 calls for an amendment banning same-sex marriage to be sent to voters for a statewide referendum in November 2014. The group said the bill would permanently ban all protections for same-sex couples and their families.
At least for now, it does not appear that Purdue will follow IU's lead. Julie Griffith, Vice President of Public Affairs, released this statement to News 18:
"Over the years, Purdue has traditionally declined to comment on social issues that have been contended in the public arena. Any departure from this policy should be undertaken only after careful consultation with the university's many and diverse stakeholders."
Ashley Smith with Pride Lafayette said it would be wise for Purdue to follow in IU's footsteps and join Freedom Indiana. Purdue offers same-sex domestic partner benefits. She said the way the amendment is written, it would wipe out anything similar to marriage or anything that is considered marriage .
"I hope that they come out and they say they are against HJR6 and they can see where it would hurt possible recruitment for not only, athletes, but also potential faculty members," said Smith.
IU joins Eli Lilly, Cummins and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce in the coalition.
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