Target: Mike Pence, Governor of Indiana
Goal: Prevent a law from passing which would harshly criminalize gay marriage.
Indiana lawmakers have recently amended a 1997 law that would criminalize false information on marriage applications in the state. This includes attempting to provide information on a marriage certificate for a marriage already deemed illegal. This places the LGBTQ community in jeopardy: applying for a same sex marriage in Indiana is now a felony, punishable by up to 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine. Condemn this discriminatory and heavy handed tactic by anti-equality politicians.
The law also targets those who are willing to perform same sex marriages, such as members of the clergy and other legal authorities who can legally marry a couple. These individuals could now face 180 days in prison and a $1,000 fine. Section 7 of the law states that anyone who “knowingly solemnizes a marriage of individuals who are prohibited from marrying” would be subject to misdemeanor charges. The law targets a technicality: marriage applications in the state have a ‘male’ and ‘female’ portion of the application. Any same sex couple applying for marriage would thus be providing false information and they would consequently face felony charges.
While lawmakers are attempting to pass this law off as an attempt to target perjury, the intent of this law is clear: it aims to further criminalize and marginalize same sex marriages. The technicalities targeted by this legislation serve no purpose other than to bar individuals from marrying, while widely targeting any organization, judges, priests, or county clerks, who might aid the call for same sex marriage in the state.
Sign this petition to inform Indiana’s governor that this is not acceptable. As more and more states begin to legalize same sex marriage, such regressions cannot be allowed. The governor of Indiana needs to know that the public does not support his encouragement of these discriminatory laws.
Dear Governor Pence,
Recently, Indiana lawmakers have changed a 1997 law that classifies providing false information on a marriage application as a felony. Those who violate this stipulation face felony charges, with 18 months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000. Any authority who then attempts to marry the couple in question would face misdemeanor charges, with 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.
There is one particularly worrisome issue with this change: the marriage applications in Indiana have a ‘male’ and ‘female’ applicant section, and any same sex couples attempting to apply for marriage are immediately thrust into the category of providing false information. The intent of this law is clearly to prevent same sex couples from marrying, and to severely punish those that try.
More and more states are legalizing gay marriage, and I demand that you consider this expanding reality. The American people have shown increasing support for same sex couples, including many members of the clergy. Prevent this law from coming into place, and protect the civil rights of many of the citizens you claim to protect. The public will not allow lawmakers to further infringe upon the happiness of other human beings, and I demand your support.
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