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Indiana House Panel Delays Vote on Gay Marriage Ban

by Tom LoBianco
Monday Jan 13, 2014

The House Judiciary Committee has delayed a vote on a proposal to amend Indiana's constitution to ban gay marriage.

Chairman Greg Steuerwald (STUR'-wawld) delayed the vote Monday following more than three hours of testimony from supporters and opponents. He said afterward that witnesses for both sides made compelling arguments.

The proposed amendment would ban gay marriage and anything "similar" to gay marriage. Supporters and opponents disagree on whether the proposal would also bar benefits for same-sex couples.

Supporters of the amendment said Monday that it was needed to protect against any court decisions overturning the existing state ban on gay marriage.

But opponents testified that Indiana's national and global image is suffering. Executives with Eli Lilly and Co. and Cummins Inc. spoke of their trouble attracting talent to the state.

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  • Wayne M., 2014-01-14 20:24:08

    Given the fact that marriage equality does not interfere with the rights and lives of others, there is absolutely no reason for banning same-sex marriage. The time has come for Indiana and other states to protect and support equality rights for LGBT people and same-sex couples. Failure to protect the rights of any minority is a failure to defend true democracy.

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