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Despite Public Opinion Indiana GOP Goes Forward With Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

Despite crushing victories against the GOP and groups fighting against same-sex marriage in the 2012 election 1010 WCSI out of Indiana is reporting that Rep. Eric Turner and his GOP allies are planning to move forward with a proposed amendment that would amend the state’s constitution to define marriage as being between one man and one woman, even though same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana

Same-sex marriage is already illegal in Indiana, but legislators overwhelmingly voted last year to put that ban in the constitution. It has to pass the House and Senate again in 2013 or 2014 — but this month‘s election brought the first suggestion public opinion on the issue could be shifting.

Minnesota voted this month to reject a constitutional ban, while Maine and Maryland became the first states to legalize same-sex marriage by referendum. Representative Eric Turner (R-Marion), who authored the amendment, says Hoosiers have more in common with the 30 states which have approved constitutional bans. But Turner says a House leadership meeting next month will discuss when and whether to resubmit the amendment.

In reality though, a poll conducted and released in March 2011, showed that 47 percent of Indiana residents SUPPORT same-sex marriage while 43 percent oppose it.

Instead of fighting the proposed amendment Indiana Equality Action plans on letting the vote go through and concentrate efforts on fighting conservative forces during the proposed amendment’s final test: a public vote in 2014. 

And that’s a very bad strategy in my opinion.


Will Kohler

Will Kohler is one of America's best known LGBT historians, He is also a a accredited journalist and the owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced on such notable media venues as BBC News, CNN, MSNBC, The Washington Post, The Daily Wall Street Journal, Hollywood Reporter, and Raw Story. Back2Stonewall has been recently added to the Library of Congress' LGBTQ+ Studies Web Archive. Mr. Kohler is available for comment, interviews and lectures on LGBT History. Contact: Will@Back2Stonewall.com

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