In response to a question received from a member related to the Indiana media coverage of the same sex marriage issues, we can clarify that in the ACPA release we specifically stated "in a revamping of the 1997 law" with the intent of clarifying that this was not a new law for the state of Indiana. The aspect of the law that may not have been clear is the law was modified to reflect Indiana's criminal code system of alphabets and numbers ( A-D and now 1-6). The impact of the law remains the same for our members and colleagues in Indiana.

ACPA will continue to share information related to national/international agendas that we feel is of interest to members. We will make all efforts to verify information to be accurate and reflective of the intent of the law.

Thank you,

Kathleen, Gretchen and Greg

ACPA Opposes Indiana Law That Criminalizes Same-Sex Marriage Application and Wedding Ceremonies

ACPA – College Student Educators International is and has been an advocate for equity, inclusion and social justice in the development of college student educators and college students for the past 90 years, espousing and living core values which include:

  • Diversity, multicultural competence and human dignity.
  • Free and open exchange of ideas in a context of mutual respect.
  • Outreach and advocacy on issues of concern to students, student affairs professionals and the higher education community, including affirmative action and other policy issues.

Four years ago, ACPA and NASPA–Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, agreed to hold a joint annual meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana. Despite the failure of the consolidation vote, both associations were contracted to hold a convention in Indianapolis sometime in the future. ACPA contracted to retain the 2014 date and the association is well underway in planning for the 2014 ACPA Annual Convention, which will occur March 28-April 2, 2014, only eight months from now. Yesterday, it was brought to our attention that an existing Indiana law has been recently revised to criminalize same-sex marriage application and wedding ceremonies:

"Indiana lawmakers have revamped a 1997 law that makes furnishing false information on a marriage license a class D felony. Beginning July 1, 2014, same-sex couples applying for a marriage license in the state of Indiana will be guilty of a Level 6 felony, punishable by 18 months in prison and a $10,000 fine. The new law also makes it a Class B Misdemeanor for a clergyman, judge, mayor, city clerk or town clerk-treasurer to perform a same-sex marriage, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a fine of up to $1,000. Any clerk who issues a license to a same-sex couple would also be guilty of a Class B Misdemeanor."
Jean Ann Esselink, July 8, 2013, The New Civil Rights Movement

We are outraged by this action, and disappointed and frustrated that our 90th Anniversary convention will be held in a state that does not respect the core values of our association. Given the timing of this legislative action and the significant financial implications, ACPA will not attempt to relocate the convention. Rather, we will work with the 2014 Convention Planning Team, program presenters, Governing Board, other ACPA leaders, and ACPA International Office staff members to identify and create opportunities for forums, educational discourse, and civic action so that we can continue to advocate for our core values. It is important that as an association, we support our members in the diversity of environments that exist throughout the world.

We ask that each member continue to remain a verbal and articulate advocate for human dignity and social justice as our members in Indiana move forward with our support.

Kathleen G. Kerr
ACPA President
Gretchen Metzelaars
ACPA Convention Chair – 2014
Gregory Roberts
ACPA Executive Director

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