For immediate release 4/4/2012
Contact: Nicholas Mitch, Chair
Indiana High School Democrats Demands Marriage EqualityToday, Indiana High School Democrats announced its public support of marriage equality and called on the Indiana Democratic Party to do the same. A motion, which was passed unanimously by the executive committee, asks that marriage equality, specifically for same-sex couples, be added to the state and national party platforms.
Nicholas Mitch, Chair of Indiana High School Democrats, says that it’s a matter of right and wrong. Stating the fact that an overwhelming majority of young people support marriage equality1, the organization released the following statement:
“What we must consider is that this issue is about something more than politics; it’s about freedom, equality and love. To our generation, this issue is about right and wrong and, in the future, we have no doubt that it will be defined in that way. This is not an issue of differing opinion and equal sides; this is a matter of hate and bigotry versus love and progress. We choose to stand for love and progress.” The group went on to add, “It is very important that we recognize the importance and dignity of all of our citizens. By adding this measure to the party platform, we further cement the notion that the Democratic Party is the party that truly works for every American.”
The Indiana High School Democrats Executive Committee said that they hope that their message will be received positively by the Indiana Democratic Party and swiftly acted on. However, they also say that they have a grassroots action plan ready to go if things do not go as well as they hope.
Indiana High School Democrats is Indiana’s official state chapter of the Young Democrats of America-High School Caucus and they represent High School Democrats chapters across the state. You can find more information on this organization at http://www.inhsdems.org/, or on Twitter (@inhsdems) and Facebook.
1 Newport, Frank. "For First Time, Majority of Americans Favor Legal Gay Marriage." Gallup. Gallup Inc., 4 May 2011. Web. 8 Mar. 2012. <http://www.gallup.com/poll/147662/first-time-majority-americans-favor-legal-gay-marriage.aspx>.