Council urges rejection of marriage amendment

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The Indianapolis City-County Council voted 22-6 on Monday night to pass a resolution urging the Indiana General Assembly to reject the proposed same-sex marriage amendment.

City-County Resolution 354, co-sponsored by Democrats John Barth, Angela Mansfield and Zach Adamson, and Republican Benjamin Hunter, received support from 15 Democrats and seven Republicans. Six Republicans voted against it.

The resolution says the amendment isn't needed because same-sex marriage is already prohibited by law in Indiana. It also says it would harm Indiana's efforts to attract talented people to the state.

A number of higher education and business groups have spoken out in recent weeks, expressing opposition to altering Indiana’s constitution.

State lawmakers will begin considering the same-sex marriage ban in January. Supporters of limiting marriage to one man and one woman say a constitutional amendment is needed to keep the courts from legalizing gay marriage in Indiana.

Lawmakers began the lengthy process of placing the ban in the constitution in 2011. The ban won overwhelming support from Democrats and Republicans last time around.

If state lawmakers sign off a second time on the legislation, it would be placed on the ballot for voters to consider next November.

Thirty states have constitutional amendments banning legal recognition of same-sex marriage and five others ban it by law.

Mayor Greg Ballard, a Republican, signed the resolution Friday.


  • Voters
    To say that the issue should be put to a vote, as only voters can decide, is a little silly to say the least. Direct democracy is two lions and a gazelle voting on what to eat for dinner. Our system was set up so as to protect minorities from the tyranny of the majority. And this is certainly an issue that falls in line with that setup.
  • not hatred
    Slavery is/was never Biblical. Hatred is not Biblical. Sexual relations outside of marriage has never been Biblical. This is not a gay/straight thing. It's a God-ordained thing. Heterosexual relations outside of marriage between and man and a woman is forbidden by the Old and New Testaments. Yes, so is being judgemental, lust, greed, and many other things of which we're all guilty. Upholding the Biblical ideal does NOT equate to hatred. Christians love all of us broken people. It's just a shame that so many people make this illogical step from Biblical obedience to "you must hate people." I guarantee you that all true Christians will admit to being sinners. Please don't make the mistake of assuming that trying to live in obedience to the Word of God is the same as judging or hating people. While believers must remain steadfast in upholding God's teachings, I admit that Christians no doubt need to do a better job focusing on redemption and God's forgiveness. We may disagree with certain actions, but that doesn't equate to hatred. I'm tired of people making that leap.
  • Again, Oh, Really?
    For those of you who choose to live your life according to religious dogma, and to hide behind your version of a God in order to justify your hatred, ignorance and bigotry against a small minority of people whom you know (whether you want to admit it or not), then good for you. However, you have absolutely no right to force your non-quantifiable beliefs on others. When slavery was the "law of the land," which is highly touted as a good thing in the Bible, do you think that should have been put up for a vote? In the South? When interracial marriage was outlawed, do you feel that should have been put up for a vote? In the South? Oh, wait, you probably would like to see both of those overthrown, too, wouldn't you... It's people like you who will ensure that Indiana remains firmly rooted in the Dark Ages.
    • Who Cares???
      I am trying to figure out why someone would care if two people of the same sex wish to get married. What are you afraid of? Do you feel threatened somehow? Quit pushing your beleifs (usually religious) on others. Like Jackie Moon said in Semi-Pro, "ELE - Everybody Love Everybody".
    • concern
      I never assume anymore that our nation is based upon Judeo-Christian values, but my conern is that churches and temples must be protected in their rights to only perform Biblically-sanctioned marriages. I worry about the almost innevitable next step, in which "our" federal government will force houses of worship to comply with this non-Biblical "changing tide."
    • Put it to a vote
      It's interesting to see that the colleges, and universities, among the others, are asking the General Assembly to reject the amendment, even though it would still have to be placed on the ballot and receive approval/rejection by the citizens of Indiana. What's so wrong with letting the voters decide? Is it fear that the majority might not vote against the amendment? If so, why? Isn't that what democracy is all about? Aren't these groups, in essence, saying: we can't trust the voters, so let's cut this thing off at the General Assembly level and disenfranchise everybody, no matter what side they're on. Ironic that some of the same people who didn't like voter ID laws for fear of disenfranchising a sliver of minorities are now in favor of doing that very thing to the entire state.
    • AMEN
      You go girl
    • the new slavery
      It's not government business to intervene in people's choice in who they love. Good grief, same sex love has been around since the dawn of time. Get a grip on reality Indiana....get this issue out of politics and open your heart. I have no doubt that all who voted have not been personally touched by this issue yet they continue to pollute and void it exists. Seriously, put this to rest and focus on the serious issues that affect our society...education...crime...corruption....term limits on our out of touch politicians.
      • rights
        People's rights never should be subjected to the tyranny of the majority.
      • Sorry...
        Gary, you're on the wrong side of this. Loving someone is not immoral. Immoral is denying people the same rights because you disagree with them. They deserve the same protections / benefits under the law that hetero couples enjoy. The tide is turning. Someday gay marriage will be added to this list - and rightly so. I'm only sorry it's taking so long. http://www.alternet.org/belief/10-things-traditional-christians-got-terribly-wrong
      • same sex never to be married
        It is not a constitutional right in the American Constitution and never will be. This is an absurd abuse of the legal system for a minority group which is not by race or religion, but by immoral behavior to wish to be seen as same/normal as a biological married husband and wife. It should be made clear that this will never change in Indiana no matter how long they engage lawyers and fight for it. A line should be drawn in perpetuity where they can no longer challenge.

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