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Senate passes resolution to ban gay marriage

January 28, 2010

An attempt to ban gay marriage in Indiana’s constitution took another step forward Thursday after the Senate voted thru a resolution that aims to do just that.

This resolution, like those proposed in two thousand and eight and two thousand and nine, will define marriage as a union of a man and a woman. But unlike previous legislation, the amendment proposed by Senator Carlin Yoder of Goshen, will go one step further to also ban civil unions.

Several Indiana companies have come out against the resolution saying the amendment sends a message of intolerance and will hurt their chances to hire top employees.

Opponents of the bill, like Senate Minority Leader Vi Simpson of Ellettsville, also attacked Yoder’s claim that this bill is necessary to protect the institution of marriage.

“Senator Yoder said marriage needs to be protected, but I don’t feel threatened by other people loving each other. And I don’t feel threatened by other people marrying or living together and taking care of each other and protecting the rights of that relationship. What happens in someone else’s home; what happens in someone else’s doctor’s office; what happens in someone else’s life, has little to do with mine.”

Passing easily in the senate, the resolution now moves to the House. Where many see the legislation having little chance of passing.

Brian Caoimhghin Flood

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