Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment Advances In Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (CBS) — The Indiana State House of Representatives has approved a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage and civil unions.

The move comes just weeks after Illinois approved civil unions with the signature of Gov. Pat Quinn.

The Republican-controlled House voted 70-26 on Tuesday to advance the proposal, which must clear two separate Legislatures to get on the ballot for a public vote.

Indiana state law already bans same-sex marriage, but supporters of the amendment say it would provide an additional layer of protection for traditional marriage.

But gay rights activists are furious. In a news release, Indiana Equality Action president Rick Sutton said the amendment is not only an endorsement of discrimination, but also a distraction.

We are greatly disappointed that some members of the General Assembly have decided to endorse an amendment that would forever write discrimination into the Indiana Constitution,” Sutton said in the release. “Indiana is facing a the effects of a crippling recession, high unemployment, diminishing job prospects, a significant budget deficit and serious threats to Indiana’s public education system and social services programs. A discriminatory constitutional amendment appears to be nothing more than a highly divisive political ploy, distracting Indiana from focusing on our state’s real problems.”

Same-sex marriage is legal in New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa.

California also began permitting same-sex marriage after a state Supreme Court decision in June 2008, but that decision was reversed when voters approved Proposition 8 five months later.

Proposition 8 was overturned in Federal Court on Aug. 4 of last year, but it remains in effect indefinitely pending appeal.

Same-sex marriage is banned by constitutional amendment in several states. Both same-sex marriage and civil unions are forbidden by the constitution in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Same-sex marriage is banned by statute in Illinois, but a bill allowing for civil unions was signed into law by Gov. Quinn on Jan. 31, after being approved by both houses of the Illinois General Assembly in December.

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  • Anonymous

    Sick puppies.

  • Anonymous

    I’m a straight woman and feel people should mind their own business. This whole traditional marriage is just an excuse for bigotry and hate. Why would you care if two women or two men married? How is it affecting your marriage? I find it interesting that not a single person against Gay-Marriage/Civil Unions show statistics that the majority of gay couples last longer than straight couples but yet they are allowed to get divorced and remarried as many times as they wish.

  • Apostle Jean Morris


    • HeorShe

      Apostle?! You’re an idiot.

    • Anonymous

      So sad that God’s love still evades you.

  • Jessica

    This is very upsetting, people spout how it goes against GOD but the last time I checked only GOD can judge if married between same sex couples are a sin. Whatever happen to love thy neighbor as I love thyself? People who boycott issues like this have no life and are just using GOD as a cover to spread HATE. Grow up and start caring about human kind no matter if they are gay or straight.

  • Apostle Jean Morris

    To Indiana: Good Work!

    • Arjay

      What sacrilege! Calling yourself an Apostle! You will surely burn in hell for that.

  • Amy

    All the HATE will be cleansed soon enough. All you religious fanatics who preach HATE will be the ones judged. Everyone is equal in Gods eyes, only he can judge the sins of others. Well said Jessica, a true Christian loves everyone for who they are. Christians who teach hate will be the ones judged by God.

    World Peace.

    • StupidPeopleFTW

      There is no god. The flying spaghetti monster that rules the universe told me so.

      Guess what? When you die, you dont go anywhere to get judged. Your body gets stuffed in the ground and your life is over. That’s it. All there is.

      • Amy

        If you believe that your opinion is fine with me. Just like I believe there is a God. I am a person who respect others beliefs and not one to pick arguments.

  • gt

    God has already judged if same sex marriages are a sin are not. Let us act accordingly.

    This isn’t anti-gay. It’s pro-life and family. It’s pro-morality.

    • Arjay

      And you decides what is moral? You?

    • Jessica

      But yet more and more people are getting divorced and remarried, how is that pro-life and pro-family. This is morally wrong according to you. As long as you are secure with your family why care what others consider or constitute as a family.

    • mdo

      WOW gt….when did God send you that email. Please forward to the world so we can see with our own eyes.

  • Mike

    @gt. If it’s pro-life, then how do you reconcile not allowing someone to live their life equally with their neighbors? If it’s pro-family then how do you reconcile state-sponsored discrimination as a means to tell parents that their child is a second class citizen?

    This isn’t about religious marriage. This is about civil marriage. My brother’s gay and all he wants are the legal rights that I and my wife got by filling out a couple forms and paying $40 at the clerk’s office.

    I think that God put this question to us to see how just a people we are. Do we allow ALL of his children to be treated equally or are we still barbarians who aren’t able to see past our own fears, ill-gotten notions and hate?

    Unfortunately, those who least affected by this are the ones who have the final say.

    • Spoon

      Well said. If a man wants to look at another man’s hairy behind, and says “Mmmmmm! I gotta have me some of that” Good for them. It doesn’t bother me, it doesnt effect me, and it doesnt hurt me. It’s good for the gay folks, it doesnt bother me, so have at it.

      • Arjay

        Interesting that your interpretation of being gay is defined as “looking at another man’s hairy behind.” I think that says more about you than the rest of your statement. But, thanks for your support “brother”

      • Spoon

        lol… way to over react. Enjoy the bible thumpers and gay bashers though. I’ll take my opinion to a place where people dont act like 16 yr old girls that just found out someone else was wearing the same prom dress.

      • Anonymous

        That is disgusting.A mans a$$ is not a sexual organ,and was meant to be an exit only.Disgusting!!!!!!No bigotry intended.

      • StupidPeopleFTW

        Way to slam someone that supports your point of view. Just cause you dont get the reference they quoted, which happens to be a line from an old comedy routine.

  • MeTuff2

    I’m a gay man who has been in a committed relationship (in Illinois) for 13 years. What we do in our own home is our business — and it’s probably more mundane than most heterosexual couples I know!

    I thank God for the courage of our Illinois legislature and governor. They have the good sense to know that we are NOT after your sons and daughters, husbands and wives! Gay people are not the “evil” that is bringing society to its knees. DIVORCE and BROKEN FAMILIES — those are the real problem.

    Sometime soon, I expect the Illinois legislature to codify gay marriage, which is exactly what should happen in a state where unconditional love of all of humanity (and common sense) exists.

    Indiana, you need to get YOUR house in order. Until then, I will happily pay my income and property taxes in Illinois.

  • ...---...

    It is NOT bigotry to outlaw a “behavior”.
    Gay rights activism is a fascist movement deisigned to bend the laws and the politicians to their will.
    They use liberals and entertainers as tools, knowing their blindside to reality works in their favor.
    The truth hurts, but it’s still the truth.

    • Spoon

      “A bigot is a person obstinately or intolerantly devoted to his or her own opinions and prejudices, especially one exhibiting intolerance, and animosity toward those of differing beliefs. The predominant usage in modern English refers to persons hostile to those of differing race, ethnicity, nationality, inter-regional prejudice, gender and sexual orientation, homelessness, various medical disorders particularly behavioral disorders and addictive disorders, or religion. Forms of bigotry may have a related ideology or world views.”

      Knowing the definition of words is always good, before you make yourself look like a moron.

      • mdo

        Alright Spoon. Funny how is sign on is the HELP in morse code. Sounds like …—… needs some serious help!!

    • Arjay

      Obviously your “truth” is not everyone’s truth. Coward!

  • Dennis Fritz

    Once again, Indiana proves it is the Deep South of the Midwest. Look, Indiana, if some fire-breathing baptist church doesn’t want to marry gay couples, fine. But religious people do not have the right to deny civil mariage–i.e. secular marriage–to non-religious people. You’re on the wrong side of history.

  • MeTuff2

    Mike@gt — You’re right on the money. And if that’s Georgia Tech, it’s a really GOOD school.

  • MeTuff2

    Dear …—…

    The only “tools” on this page are the BIGOTS, like you. Re-read what SPOON said — so you know what you’re talking about.

  • Emily

    Thank God for this!!! God calls sodomy an abomination and He destroyed cities in the Bible because of it. America needs to wake up!

    • BB

      Why is god so preoccupied with what I stick in my A$$?

      • Anonymous

        That’s disgusting!!!!

    • Jessica

      People like you pick and choose what should be practiced from the Bible. People interpret the bible differently but if this is in fact in the bible people should practice everything in the bible, like stoning a child to death for disobeying a parent, no one is practicing that because parents are quick to be arrested for disciplining their child. If it’s so wrong then why not let God be the judge. You aren’t a true christian because if you were you wouldn’t be judging people who don’t have the same views as yourself.

    • Joe

      Reread your bible. That city was destroyed because townspeople wanted to sexually assault two angels. Sexual assault has NOTHING to do with being gay. It was about power. The people there were obviously corrupt and that’s why the city was destroyed. Not once in that passage does it refer to gay people or gay relationships. Before you start using your bible as a weapon, make sure you’re using it correctly.

  • HeorShe

    Two things:

    Why are people fighting LOVE so desperately?

    Why do Republicans think that they must provide a layer of protection for traditional marriage? I know plenty of people in traditional (nongay) marriages who are miserable and have done it all wrong. I know gay couples who are miserable together. But I also know plenty of gay and nongay couples who love each other and treat each other with dignity, respect, and honor the responsibility that comes from being in a mature, healthy, adult relationship.

    Why do we allow others to dictate how people get to be happy in their love? It’s absolutely mindboggling to me!

    • MeTuff2

      Can I be your friend? :-) I like you. Already.

      • HeorShe

        I’m yours, Big Daddy. :)

  • Lindsay Scott

    This is sick, absolutely ridiculous, and I thank God that I don’t live in Indiana anymore. Who are we to judge who gets married and who doesn’t we are all the same in God’s eyes. Not to mention, the majority of gay people in the world were born gay, just like straight people were born straight. What are gay people supposed to do, magically change their ways? Drink the juice or take a magic pill? That doesn’t happen people! Wake up and taste the rainbow!

  • mdo

    Guess the religious right and the Republicans have forgotten the Bible where is stats: “Judge NOT, least ye be Judged”.. So remember you religious bigots and zealots. GOD is looking at you and all of your actions.

  • darren

    I am sad to say I am a Hoosier today. Look, who marries who is none of our business. First, a state may recognize gay marriage but a church may not, so that is a wash. Second, how is this affecting anyone’s life? Is it a “morality” issue, as someone said? We do not legislate morality, nor should we. If we truly believe in equal rights to all, then this is a true test. I obviously despise the KKK but they were allowed to march in Skokie, a town with a large Jewish population. We can’t pick and choose which rights are good and which are bad, as the Republicans like to do. This is a free country for the most part, and it should be an accepting country. Instead of promoting this culture of hate, as the Republicans are doing, why not ease our lives a bit and not jump up and down on the “morality” issue on every matter? My life remains the same whether there is gay marriage or not. Nothing changes, it doesn ot affect me, and I will educate my own child on morality. Maybe if we allow it, our children will come to accept it and in the future some of this pre-judging and holier than thou attitude (again, think today’s Republicans) will gradually go away. I am teaching mine to be accepting whether we agree with it or not. I will steer my child to the best I can but I do want him to recognize early on in life that there are many different types of lives and people all over, and hope that will erase any chance of him becoming some hate-filled, far-right mouthpiece.


    Whatever happened to the separation of Church and State? Marriage is one of the 7 sacraments. People who believe in God get married in Church. People who choose not to believe get married in a courthouse so lineages can be recorded. Male/Female marriages are based on religion. This belief should not affect a law. Does the opposition have to do with the loss of revenue or something? Perhaps it would cost more in healthcare? What is the reason same sex marriages are not being accepted?

  • wallyman

    It is very easy, Money Talks, why same sex marriages are not being accepted. It is because of these people who are “morally” opposed to it themselves, and want to f orce their values onto everyone else. A very small, close-minded person who cannot see the world for what it is. So tired of all the rants and raves of the Republicans these days with their “religion”, as long as it is Christian, because Jews, Muslims especially, Buddhists, those are not morally correct.


      @wallyman It has to be something more. Something that has to do with revenue, spending. These politicians HAVE to separate Church from State and I have yet to hear a valid argument about why someone would vote against this issue. Why such fear?

  • loog

    Isn’t every third Republican politician or aide a closet gay anyway? Why is it that the party that fights the hardest to prevent equal human rights to all is always the one that gets caught doing exactly what it is they preach against? People, be very leery of a Republican politico spouting off against gay marriage, it means another scandal is on its way, whether through Craigs List or another mens room. The Republican motto: Do as we say, not as we do.

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