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New Language for Same Sex Marriage Ban

January 12, 2009

State legislators Eric Turner of Marion, David Cheatham of North Vernon and Marlin Stutzman of Howe say they’ve filed new legislation on prohibiting same sex marriage in the Indiana Constitution. The move signals a recognized failure of a previous bill that has faced the legislature four years without passing. Opponents of the earlier same sex marriage amendment said it was too vague and could negatively affect domestic violence laws. The new language specifically defines marriage between one man and one woman and outlaws civil unions. Referring to amendments passed in Wisconsin and Kentucky, Representative Turner says he’s confident the new language will not affect companies and universities that currently offer domestic partner benefits.

“Some have said it will affect domestic partnerships. It will not. Again, these constitutional benefits have been out there.”

The legislators say they have not been assured a hearing for the bill in the Indiana House or Senate, though Senator Stutzman says a hearing will be given if the House approves the measure first. Bill Browning, owner of Bilerico dot com, a blog covering gay, lesbian and transgendered issues, the new language is clear, but promotes discrimination based on sexual orientation.

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