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Senate Committee Takes Up New Same Sex Marriage Ban

January 21, 2010

Wednesday at the Indiana Statehouse, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a new resolution to ban same-sex marriage in the state constitution. Unlike previous amendments, this one also prohibits civil unions. Both are already illegal under current Indiana law. But resolution author, Carlin Yoder of Goshen, says this amendment is important to protect the sanctity of marriage. Proponents of the resolution echoed Yoder’s sentiments; with Terra Haute attorney Jim Bopp saying the resolution was necessary to keep courts from overturning current law.

“Now of course the need has been amply demonstrated in other states where the courts have seized control of this issue, contrary to the will of the people of those states.”

Those in opposition to the resolution, including Don Sherfick of the Indiana Equality Council, say public opinion is changing and this resolution does not reflect the views of younger Hoosiers. Several Indiana businesses also came out in opposition to the amendment saying it will harm their ability to compete and attract top employees. The resolution, which passed out of committee six to four, now moves to the Senate floor.
-Brian Flood

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