This is the first time the Indiana Family Institute has given this award in the 21 years they have been established, according to the Indiana Family Institute.
The 2011 Legislator of the Year award recognized Rep. Turner’s authorship and shepherding through of one of the strongest pieces of pro-life legislation, House Enrolled Act 1210, which further promotes the protection of the unborn. The award also recognized him for the marriage amendment and other pro-family issues.
“I am extremely grateful and humbled by this award,” said Rep. Turner. “Making Indiana one of the most pro-life states in the country has been and will continually be a constant goal of mine. I am thankful for the support given to me by my colleagues, family and the Indiana Family Institute in this effort.”
Since first becoming part of the Indiana General Assembly in 1982, Rep. Turner has been a strong defender of the family and the unborn, authoring numerous pieces of pro-family and pro-life legislation.
"No legislator among all 150 did more to help strengthen families in 2011 than Rep. Turner. His leadership and tenacity, combined with his integrity and wisdom, made the difference for Hoosier families in many remarkable ways this year," said Curt Smith, President of the Indiana Family Institute.
The Indiana Family Institute also recognized Governor Mitch Daniels on Wednesday by presenting him with the 2011 Friend of the Family award for his role in the passage of House Enrolled Act 1210.
“I want to tell you first of all, how especially privileged I feel to be recognized on the same night as Eric Turner,” said Gov. Daniels. “This is probably the right year, given the huge breakthroughs which Eric is more responsible for than anyone else. You chose very, very well when you chose Eric and you set a standard that other legislators will have a hard time matching.”
“Governor Daniels’ signature and the strong support this bill received in both the House and Senate echoes the voices of Hoosiers across the state who wanted to see unborn life protected,” said Rep. Turner. “I want to continue to foster an environment that will strengthen Indiana families.”
The Indiana Family Institute is a non-partisan public education and research organization whose efforts are to preserve pro-family policy already within state government and push for additional policies that will strengthen Indiana families. The Indiana Family Institute works with churches, lay leaders, government, groups and organizations to promote and implement effective marriage enrichment programs.