More than twenty-five IU law students dedicated 9 months to research; it resulted in finding 614 laws or reasons why marriage equality matters in Indiana.
Monday afternoon, Indiana Equality, the LGBT Project and some of those students presented their findings.
"What is clear from this research is that same sex couples are denied a range of rights, but also that the broader public is denied conflict of interest protection for certain business and political activities that are prohibited for opposite sex married couples," IU Maurer School of Law student, Donald Bierer, said.
Indiana Equality members and LGBT Project representatives called the 614 reasons an impartial resource. They hope it'll spark public discussions about denying some Hoosiers their right to marry.
"Having a comprehensive list of what those provisions are -we think- is a valuable tool in understanding just how much is a stake here," Don Sherfick with Indiana Equality said.
In 2011, both houses of the Indiana General Assembly passed HJR 6 (House Joint Resolution 6). It is a proposed amendment to the state constitution, which would not recognize same sex marriages, civil unions, or similar partnerships. If it goes to a ballot in 2014, Indiana Equality said it was ready to fight.
"We already have a campaign planned and prepared. We are ready. We watched Nov. 6 too and the national momentum on this issue is moving very, very quickly and very, very well," Rick Sutton with Indiana Equality said.
Sutton said he fears same sex benefits, which are allowed for government employees, could be taken away. He said it is happening in Michigan -currently.
FOX 59 tried to reach representatives who supported the amendment. A staff member for State House Representative Eric Turner said he would like to review the report, before commenting about it.