Group distributes fliers in favor of same-sex marriage ban

Goal is to get voters to contact legislators

INDIANAPOLIS - Local conservative group Advance America officials said Indiana schoolchildren would be taught that gay marriage and homosexuality is normal if the state doesn’t pass a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage.

Advance America distributed fliers to churches for their Sunday bulletins. The fliers list four dangers of same-sex marriage. 

"One of the dangers if homosexual marriage are legalized in the state of Indiana, all children in the public schools would be taught that homosexual marriage and homosexuality is normal and acceptable. It is part of the homosexual agenda," Advance America founder Eric Miller said.

The goal of the latest volley from Advance America is to get voters to call their legislators and tell them to vote for HJR-6.

Family law professor Jennifer Drobac said the goal of the fliers and Advance America is to not inform, but to promote panic and misinformed panic. 

"This flier is designed to demonize and make same-sex couples less worthy than other couples. It is designed to put fear into the hearts and minds of Hoosiers so they would vote against the civil rights of same-sex couples and their families," Professor Jennifer Droback with Indiana University McKinney School of Law said.

Those opposed to the ban on same-sex marriage continue to mount their campaign against HJR-6 with yard signs.

Earlier this week Mary Cheney, the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, was a featured speaker at a local event to raise money for the fight.

Miller and his base said they are not going away.

"It's time for the legislature to pass it in 2014. So people have the opportunity to protect marriage between a man and a woman. It is the right thing to do. Citizens in 30 states have had an opportunity; Indiana citizens deserve that too," Miller said.

Miller would not say how many churches put the flier in their bulletins, but there will be many more mailers and messages before the issue is resolved.

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