Employers for Freedom

Employers for Freedom is a statewide group of job creators opposed to HJR-3, the proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution that would permanently define marriage and would remove existing protections under law for same-sex and unmarried couples and families. These employers believe HJR-3 will harm our economy and ability to recruit top talent, and Freedom Indiana is proud to have their support.

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Angie’s List, Indianapolis

“The Angie’s List’s Board of Directors unanimously opposes Indiana’s House Joint Resolution No. 3. At Angie’s List we are proud of our Indiana heritage and our Hoosier individuality, common sense and compassion. We work every day to recruit talented people from around the world to come and be a part of our company and this great state. The amendment will make that job harder.”

 

Ayokay, Indianapolis

“Ayokay is an Indianapolis-based E-Commerce, Web and Marketing company that values freedom and liberty for all. We enjoy working for and with organizations that further those values, and strive to be a positive influence in the community. Indiana is known for its hospitality, its striving tech and music scenes, and its affordability — all qualities which attract great talent and businesses. As home to several of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., we can’t afford to scare off potential talent and business by imposing such negative, divisive laws. We should instead send a message of love and inclusiveness by rejecting HJR-3.”

 

Borshoff, Indianapolis

“Borshoff welcomes employees, clients, partners and vendors of diverse backgrounds. Our advertising and public relations agency – and our community and entire state – are stronger when we respect and honor all individuals. We therefore oppose the House Joint Resolution 3 (HJR-3), which denies individual rights and liberties. Further, it is redundant as we (unfortunately) already have a law making same-sex marriage illegal. And it is damaging to our economy, as it positions Indiana as intolerant and discourages talented individuals and families from living and working here. It is wrong. We take this position on behalf of our many employees, clients, daughters and sons, brothers and sisters, friends and neighbors. We take this position for a better Indiana for all of us.”

 

Boyden & Youngblutt Advertising, Fort Wayne

“Hoosiers value liberty, fairness, and a friendly business environment. HJR-3 contradicts those values and would be a huge step backward, both ethically and economically. We need to be welcoming new businesses and new talent rather than telling people they’re not welcome here. Indiana needs to oppose this exclusionary amendment and stand on the right side of history.”

 

CSO Architects

“Indiana is a welcoming place and a great location to grow a business. Amending our Constitution to include this language would send the message that certain Hoosiers aren’t welcome here, and that’s a problem for employers who want to recruit the best of the best. This isn’t a debate about same-sex marriage. It’s a debate about protecting our state’s founding document. If we want to keep Indiana moving forward, we need to move beyond this amendment.”

 
 

EnviroForensics, Indianapolis

“EnviroForensics identifies itself as being made up of some of the finest environmental scientists and engineers that investigate and remediate the most problematic environmental contamination in soil, groundwater and vapor phase media. In order to recruit that kind of talent, we need Indiana to be the most welcoming environment possible in a very competitive recruiting field. HJR 3 decreases EnviroForensics ability to recruit top talent. For that reason, EnviroForensics opposes HJR 3.”

 

First State Bank of Porter, Porter

“In addition to being able to attract the most talented employees we must charge our Indiana legislators with the responsibility of representing all resident constituents, without prejudice or bigotry.”
 

 
 

Fort Wayne Metals, Fort Wayne

“I fear that the efforts to pass HJR-3 will have a chilling effect on Fort Wayne Metals and many other businesses in Indiana. We need to recruit and retain the most highly educated, the most creative and most talented people from all over the country and around the globe – people who are attracted by an environment that is welcoming and tolerant to all. Unfortunately, the discussions surrounding HJR-3 send the opposite message about our state. This will hurt Indiana businesses – and it will ultimately hurt Hoosiers.”

 

Independent Adoption Center, Indianapolis

“As an organization dedicated to ensuring every child grows up feeling loved and supported, we pay close attention to the research on LGBT marriage and families. Every major peer-reviewed study shows that these families raise well adjusted children. HJR-3 would be bad for children in need of families, and bad for businesses in need of talent. Independent Adoption Center stands in opposition to HJR-3.”

 

Health & Hospital Corporation, Indianapolis

“Health & Hospital Corporation believes that providing a welcoming and supportive environment is not only morally right but also economically sound. To provide the highest level of health care services to our community, Health & Hospital Corporation must recognize the diverse status and needs of all Marion County residents.”

 

Liechty Media, Fort Wayne

“Liechty Media is committed to a welcoming and inclusive environment in both our professional relationships and personal lives. HJR-3 would stifle progressive business growth in Indiana, but more importantly, it reflects a tragic breach of human rights. The Indiana Constitution must promote and protect justice in human relationships, not codify discrimination.”
 

 

Lodge Design, Indianapolis

“HJR-3 threatens the quality of the things that we love about living here in Indianapolis. It sends the wrong message about those of us who choose to call Indiana home. As an advertising/design firm with strong roots in Indiana, it’s important that we’re able to continue to attract and retain great thinkers, designers, illustrators, web developers and writers who see the potential of our city and state and believe in its vision for the future.”

 

One Lucky Guitar/The Good Ones Clothing, Fort Wayne

“To retain talent and attract new talent, it’s incredibly important that we’re a community that respects freedom, embraces differences and maintains a forward momentum. HJR-3 is at odds with this. I don’t write this to argue the politics, ethics or morals of same-sex marriage. Rather, I write as a business owner who employees a dozen local residents and a community advocate who loves this city. One Lucky Guitar, Inc. and The Good Ones Clothing oppose HJR-3.”

 

Phoenix Theatre

“For more than 30 years, the Phoenix Theatre has entertained hundreds of thousands of patrons from across Central Indiana. Diversity is at our very core. HJR3 runs counter to our beliefs and our stage performances, which focus not only on LGBT issues, but also Hispanics, African Americans, the hearing impaired, women’s empowerment, and many more. Our board of directors enthusiastically stands with Freedom Indiana.”

 

Pyromation, Fort Wayne

“Attracting and retaining talent are the keys to our success as well as the keys to Indiana’s economic success. HJR-3 and the movement to deny civil rights cast a negative image on the State of Indiana with a message to some current and future employees that they are not welcome in the State of Indiana nor will they be treated equally.”

 

Reverie Estates

“Rather than our state taking steps toward equality, we are considering legislation that encourages divisiveness rather than harmony. We should be a state of the future, one that respects basic human rights, and one that embraces all people. Discrimination is very real, and HJR-3 makes that clear. It is not love, it is not right, and it is not growth, though that is what we seek. We should put this behind us, and grow together.”

 

Road Pictures, Indianapolis

“As filmmakers and communicators, everyone at Road Pictures understands the importance of keeping discrimination from being inserted into the Indiana constitution. Indiana’s laws already disfavor our LGBT clients, vendors, friends and colleagues. We should continue the conversation about those laws, but that conversation shouldn’t be in our Constitution. First things first: We must stop HJR-3.”

 

Smash Agency, Valparaiso

“Smash Agency is dedicated to a diverse work force, including gays and lesbians, which is absolutely critical to our expansion here in Indiana. We were founded in Valparaiso, Indiana and while we work toward expansion globally, we intend to keep our base here. It is our home after all. Smash’s target market ranges from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies and in serving those companies, we try hard to meet their standards of inclusion and diversity, even being ahead of the curve. Smash must retain quality, hard-working people of integrity and HJR-3 would prevent us from doing so. It would prevent us from retaining some of our best talent and may hinder recruiting in the future. If HJR-3 passes, it would label Indiana as an intolerant community that is far-behind the rest of the world in equality. Who would want to live and work in a place like that? For these reasons, and many others, we urge a NO vote on HJR-3.”

 

Trendyminds, Indianapolis

“TrendyMinds believes that, aside from hurting our local economy, HJR-3 damages the very fabric of our communities. As a company, we rely daily upon the diversity of our employees to cultivate work that helps Indiana companies and purpose-driven organizations thrive. It is our sincere hope that the typically great state of Indiana reinforces its commitment to its Midwestern values of love, respect and inclusion. Indiana has prospered and grown in recent years due to the collective efforts of its vibrant and diverse citizenry. It is vital that our state acknowledges the humanity and equality of all its citizens, regardless of orientation or family structure. We urge other companies, civic organizations and individuals to publicly express their opposition to HJR-3.”

 

Upland Brewing Company

“Upland sells beer across the Midwest and has fans all over the country. We are proud of our Indiana heritage and believe our state’s brand could be an asset in growing the sales for all Indiana-based craft breweries. HJR-3 would create an unfortunate and unnecessary liability to the Indiana brand. But most importantly, we want our home state’s culture to be based around decency, respect and common sense “Hoosiers helping Hoosiers” values. Let’s focus on building bridges among our fellow citizens rather than implementing symbolic fences to divide.”

 

Young & Laramore, Indianapolis

“At Young & Laramore we have a national advertising agency, based in Indianapolis, that works hard every day to attract national clients and national-caliber talent to our shop.  HJR-3 makes all of our efforts that much harder because it positions Indiana as an intolerant and unwelcoming place.  Even if the measure is put on the ballot and defeated—which I fully expect it would be—the ongoing media attention on the issue is hurting Indiana businesses, it is hurting Y&L’s business.”