Bar association expresses opposition to HJR-3

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The Indianapolis Bar Association has announced its opposition to HJR-3, the proposed amendment to Indiana's constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

The association announced its position after a survey of its members revealed 73.1 percent were in favor of publicly opposing the proposal. About 20 percent of bar association members favored taking no position on the measure and 1.5 percent had no opinion. Only 5.4 percent of Indianapolis Bar Association members were in favor of supporting HJR-3.

"Members of the Indianapolis Bar Association expressed great concerns about the unintended consequences upon potentially hundreds of Indiana laws if HJR-3 is passed and ratified, including those in the areas of family law, criminal law, employment law, health care law, and tax law," the association wrote in a release. "This uncertainty would likely lead to an interruption in the administration of justice, years of litigation and significant expense for individual citizens and Indiana businesses."

About half of the association's 4,928 members responded to the survey.