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Indiana House to Prohibit Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions in Valentine's Day Vote?

Happy Valentine's Day from the Hoosier State. A vote is on tap in Indiana's House which would prohibit recognition of same-sex marriage and civil unions in the state, and that vote could come as early as today:

Indiana Political analysts expect that the ban is almost certain to pass, with Republicans in control of the Legislature.

The amendment states that only marriage between one man and one woman is valid in Indiana, and prohibits civil unions by stating that a legal status "substantially similar" to marriage for unmarried people is not valid.

Opponents have argued that the amendment isn't needed because Indiana law already bans gay marriage, but supporters said they are concerned that the courts could overturn that law.

Supporters also contend that traditional heterosexual marriage is best for raising children. Opponents said the amendment seeks to write discrimination into the state's constitution.

A House panel approved the measure last week.

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  1. Hateful.

    Posted by: peterparker | Feb 14, 2011 2:02:36 PM


  2. well I for one NEVER have any intention to EVER go to that state.....they can shove it.

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Feb 14, 2011 2:52:09 PM


  3. So, when it comes to allowing gay marriage, it's up to the people, but banning it through legislature is a-okay. Uh-huh. Nice hypocrisy there, Republicans.

    Posted by: 7 | Feb 14, 2011 2:59:16 PM


  4. Could just ONE of these idiots explain to me how this law will prevent any gay or lesbian couple from raising children?

    Posted by: Frank | Feb 14, 2011 3:33:19 PM


  5. The provision that any relationship substantially like marriage is disallowed is unconstitutional. Louisiana passed such an amendment, but the LA Supreme court struck that part of the provision. A state cannot prohibit lawful contracts between two people, period.

    Posted by: ted | Feb 14, 2011 6:42:24 PM


  6. A state should not be able to write discrimination into their constitution by permanently excluding gay couples from civil marriage, period.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 14, 2011 7:27:01 PM


  7. These amendents permanently revoke pre-existing Due Process rights, solely from homosexual citizens, in relation to marriage and family law. These amendements in no way are logically related to, nor advance, any legitimate government interest. I cannot for the life of me determine how these state DOMAs are constitutional, or why national orgs like the ACLU or Lambda Legal have not filed a lawsuit challenging their constitutionality.

    Asking the Federal Courts to strike out these illegal amendments, and to uphold Romer and Lawrence, would be a cake walk. This would return our fundamental rights in all these states to address marriage and family law with our own state governments, while not "forcing" gay marriage on these states. We could continue a state-by-state strategy, winning marriage equality, since would no longer be strangers to our own governments.

    So c'mon Gay Inc., challenge this if it passes!

    Posted by: Jeremy | Feb 14, 2011 9:15:31 PM


  8. These amendents permanently revoke pre-existing Due Process rights, solely from homosexual citizens, in relation to marriage and family law. These amendements in no way are logically related to, nor advance, any legitimate government interest. I cannot for the life of me determine how these state DOMAs are constitutional, or why national orgs like the ACLU or Lambda Legal have not filed a lawsuit challenging their constitutionality.

    Asking the Federal Courts to strike out these illegal amendments, and to uphold Romer and Lawrence, would be a cake walk. This would return our fundamental rights in all these states to address marriage and family law with our own state governments, while not "forcing" gay marriage on these states. We could continue a state-by-state strategy, winning marriage equality, since would no longer be strangers to our own governments.

    So c'mon Gay Inc., challenge this if it passes!

    Posted by: Jeremy | Feb 14, 2011 9:15:50 PM


  9. Where do all these assholes come from?

    Posted by: Greg | Feb 15, 2011 1:04:19 AM


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