The League of Women Voters of Greater Lafayette is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government. It influences public policy through education and advocacy.
The status of HJR6, the amendment to the Indiana constitution defining marriage as only one man and one woman, and prohibiting any type of civil union between gays or lesbians, as well as partner benefits, is progressing, even before the start of the legislative session. We need to communicate with our legislative representatives immediately.
The League of Women Voters of Indiana has joined One Voice, with Cummings, Lilly and others against the amendment.
LWVGL is hoping to join local organizations including ACLU, Pride, and perhaps the Chamber, in communicating with our legislators. I will be sending a letter from LWVGL to our legislators this week.
Please join in this effort, letting them know that you personally are against this amendment as well. Please share this with others who will take action.
The talking points include (but need not be included in your communication):
1. The constitutional amendment duplicates existing law defining marriage as between one man and one woman. The effect of a constitutional amendment would be unclear as far as marriages in other states, federal benefits, human rights ordinances, legal contracts, and partner benefits.
2. It is inappropriate to change the constitution constricting rights and liberties. Constitutional amendments usually expand defined rights. Recent polling indicates that a constitutional amendment is considered an inappropriate way to deal with the issue of same sex marriages.
3. The amendment is bad for business. This has been made clear by several of Indiana's largest businesses, and joined by Indiana University.
We may be contacting you for further help. Some legislators are hoping to get this passed right away when the session begins, before people can respond.
Thank you in advance, Patsy Hoyer, President LWVGL
Senator Brandt Hershman|
PO Box 189
Monticello IN 47960
Sen Ron Alting
3600 Cedar Lane
Lafayette, IN 47905
Representative Tim Brown
PO Box 861
Crawfordsville, IN 47933
Representative Randy Truitt
615 Ridgewood Dr
West Lafayette, IN 47906
Representative Sheila Klinker|
633 Kossuth St
Lafayette, IN 47905
Representative Sharon Nagele
503 Council Street
Attica, IN 47918
Representative Don Lehe
10644 S 100
Brookston, IN 47923
2012 Election Administration and Voting Survey(EAVS) EAC's 2012 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS) report is now available with datasets on the ability of civilian, military and overseas citizens to successfully cast a ballot. The survey contains the most comprehensive, nationwide data about election administration in the United States. The EAVS report covers the 2-year period from the November 2010 elections through the November 2012 elections and is based on the results of a survey of all States, the District of Columbia, and four territories--American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The 2012 EAVS report is the fifth conducted by EAC. In addition to providing basic information about voting, it includes data used for two federally mandated reports + the impact of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA report) and the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA report).
August 22, 2013 - The Agriculture Update Committee regrets to inform the membership that it is behind schedule; we ask for your patience since we have several highly technical and dynamic issues to address. The committee is planning a phased release of study materials beginning in September. We realize that some Leagues have scheduled consensus meetings for November, but that will likely be too soon, as the materials will require some time to read and absorb, especially for those who are not familiar with the topics. The Committee suggests that Leagues schedule consensus meetings beginning in January. Consensus reports are currently not due until April 4. Please watch the Leaders' Update and the Agriculture Update group in the LWV Forums for further notices and discussions. In the meantime take a look at the following link for the reading materials for the study: (Most are articles, some are web sites) http://www.lwv.org/content/agriculture-update-suggested-summer-readings
September 12, 2013 - The Agriculture Update Committee has posted a list of suggested optional multimedia resources to the Agriculture Update group of the LWVUS Forums. You can reach the Forums by logging into the website with your personal email address and password, and then selecting "Forums" on the left side, or then going directly to forum.lwv.org. If you have questions, you may contact Chair Norman Turrill at email@example.com
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Directory of Government Officials
The Greater Lafayette League of Women Voters 2013 Directory of Government Officials is now available. This publication contains contact information for elected and appointed officials and commissions for Tippecanoe County, Lafayette, West Lafayette, Battle Ground, Clarks Hill, Dayton and Shadeland. Copies have been distributed to public offices throughout the area. Pick up one today.