Hoosiers Unite for Marriage launches 'Our Marriage Matters' campaign

By: NewsCenter 16 Email
By: NewsCenter 16 Email

From a Hoosiers Unite for Marriage media release:

Following last week’s marriage equality hearing in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Hoosiers Unite for Marriage (HUM), a statewide effort dedicated to moving marriage forward for all loving and committed couples, announced Wednesday the “Our Marriage Matters” campaign.

The statewide outreach campaign tells the stories of legally married same-sex Hoosier couples who are waiting for Indiana to recognize their marriages. The featured couples are from Bloomington, Chesterton, Columbus, Evansville, Floyds Knobs, Indianapolis and Richmond.

“These are stories of love, family, faith and the values that make our state strong. Hoosiers Unite for Marriage is committed to ensuring that these married couples and their families are protected under law,” said HUM marriage coordinator Kyle Megrath.

You can read all of the stories at hoosiersunite.org/OMM

In addition, the couples featured as part of the “Our Marriage Matters” initiative will submit written editorials and be available to talk about what marriage means to them.

“It’s easy for couples who already have the freedom to marry in Indiana to forget that our state deliberately prevents some people from having their love and commitment respected under law,” Megrath said. “We hope this campaign spurs a discussion that marriage is important to all Hoosier families.”

The Seventh Circuit may rule quickly in the consolidated case challenging Indiana and Wisconsin’s bans on same-sex marriage. The bans already have been held unconstitutional at the district court level. If the Seventh Circuit affirms those decisions, legally married Hoosier couples will have a clearer path to recognition in Indiana.

In June, U.S. District Judge Richard Young overturned Indiana’s ban on same-sex marriage, opening a three-day window where Hoosier couples were legally married. Thousands exchanged their vows, but the Seventh Circuit issued a stay that stopped further marriages pending the appeal that was heard last week.

Judge Young recently handed down a separate ruling that Indiana must recognize same-sex couples who were legally married in other states but issued a stay in that case pending the Seventh Circuit outcome.

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