Vote delayed on Indiana same-sex marriage amendment

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A vote in the Indiana House on a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage has been delayed for at least a day.

Resolution sponsor Rep. Eric Turner of Marion said he wouldn't call it for a vote on Monday because some House members who want to support it were absent for the day. He didn't specify when he expected a vote.

The proposed amendment stalled in the House under Democratic majorities the last four years, but is expected to advance since Republicans won control of the House in last year's election.

If it clears both the House and Senate this year, it would have to pass again in 2013 or 2014 before getting on the ballot for a statewide referendum.


  • Sickening!
    This is terrible! Passing this sets Indiana as a state who disrespects the very people it is meant to protect. This is a classic 'I am better than you' bill that dictates someone's life decisions. How in the hell does it negatively impact anyone else if a same sex couple gets married? For once, stop kissing the butts of your political backers and think about a bill!
    I grew up believing that in America we were a nation of high moral character. We lived by the principle that you can love your neighbor even if you don't agree.

    Right now we are watching Egypt create a new democracy. Some movements/parties there would like to see a sharia law based government. A government based not on democracy, but theocracy. Would anyone supporting this proposal support an Egyptian government based on Sharia law? I would hope not, but their actions here sure don't make it at all clear.

    Our democracy is so strong because it does not dictate religious morality. We adhere to human morality. Acceptance, compassion, and nondiscrimination. A nation divided cannot stand, and there are too many religious lines on which this country can be divided to involve religion with government.

    If you don't like gay marriage then don't have a gay marriage. Your marriage is only as sacred as you make it. If you think that the actions of anyone else can effect what your marriage means, then you have some work to do on your own relationship; with God, and with your spouse.

    Most importantly, keep your hands off of my constitution! This has nothing to do with how our government works. If this ban were legitimate, which it isn't, it still would not be appropriate to put it in a constitution. It is an issue that would properly fit in the Indiana Code, not the Indiana Constitution. Please take a little time and read the Indiana Constitution to realize what a constitution is for. It is a framework for how the government works, not a platform to codify social laws. (Civics: 101)

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