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Evansville Police Sgt. gives powerful testimony in opposition of HJR-3

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Karen, on the left, with her partner of 12-years, Tammy, with their children, Jackson, Tenley and Taylor. Karen, on the left, with her partner of 12-years, Tammy, with their children, Jackson, Tenley and Taylor.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (WFIE) -

The vote on a proposal to amend Indiana's Constitution banning gay marriage has been delayed after more than three hours of testimony from supporters and opponents. 

One of the most powerful speakers at Monday's hearing was Karen Kajmowicz. Karen is a 17-year Evansville Police Sergeant. Right now, she works with the joint task force to keep dangerous drugs off our streets. 

Because of her commitment to serve our community, she wants the same benefits and equalities that straight officer receive.

"I protect. It's what I do. I have to live each and every day knowing that no matter what I do, I can't make my family completely safe," Karen says.

Her partner of 12-years, Tammy, and their three young children, Jackson, and twins Tenley and Taylor, joined Karen at the statehouse on Monday. In her emotional testimony, she laid it all on the line. 

"In 2008, when Jackson was just six months old, I was diagnosed with a large tumor in my abdomen. Our Evansville doctor had not seen a tumor so large much less operated on one. He assumed it would be cancerous and gave me a shattering prognosis. Our world came to a screeching halt," Karen says.

Karen says her and Tammy had started the adoption process, but if she passed away, she says Tammy would have no legal right to their son. 

"At a time when we were already paralyzed with fear, it was devastating to realize just how helpless we were," Karen says.

She says her family has spent $80,000 to create and protect their family without any guarantees. 

"For us this legislation presents more hurdles, more uncertainty and even less security for the family we've worked so hard to protect," Karen says.

That's all Karen is asking for. Protection for her loved ones. 

"I can promise you that everyday that I've served, I've worked as hard to keep you and your family safe as I would want for my own. Today, I'm asking you to return that favor," Karen asked.

14 News spoke with Karen after the vote was delayed. Hear her reaction coming up on 14 News at 10.

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