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Indiana House Votes 70-26 in Favor of Constitutionally Banning Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions


The Indiana House of Representatives has approved a constitutional amendment that would ban both same-sex marriage and civil unions in the Hoosier State.

The amendment states: "Marriage. Provides that only marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. Provides that a legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized. This proposed amendment has not been previously agreed to by a general assembly."

The Courier Press reports:

The House voted 70-26 for the ban, starting the clock on the long process of amending Indiana’s constitution.

It now moves to the Senate, where such a ban has passed with little trouble in recent years. If it clears the Senate, then a separately-elected House and Senate must once again approve the ban in either 2013 or 2014. Then, voters would have the final say in a November 2014 referendum.

A long and ugly road.

In related news, we'll likely get a final vote on civil unions in Hawaii tomorrow, and possibly a vote on marriage equality in Maryland by the end of the week. A lot happening. Stay tuned, folks...

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  1. Such clownish behavior in IN by the marriage police.

    Onward to full marriage equality now,
    Cheers, Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
    Red Studio Farm, Washington Green, CT USA

    Posted by: Joseph A. Mustich | Feb 16, 2011 6:49:41 AM

  2. Meh, it's Indiana, very typical.

    Eventually this will be a federal issue and then all of this state crap will be water under the bridge. Besides, even if this bill didn't pass, Indiana would still be a cultural shithole full of hate. I know, I live here. All you need to do is read the comments section of our local newspaper to see how many idiots we have.

    But hey, it's pretty here in the fall, right?

    Posted by: johnny | Feb 16, 2011 8:17:40 AM

  3. Peggy Welch, Dem. from 60, was sheperded into politics by young, gay politicians. She has always been homophobic (and anti-choice) and protected by these self-loathing dumbasses. They won't even cooperate at election time to inform gay audiences how this woman uses them!

    Posted by: Esurb | Feb 16, 2011 8:19:15 AM

  4. While this is a sad commentary on Indiana, INdiana is the norm, not the exception. Approximately 40 states ban gay marriage, most by constitutional amendment, which is 80 percent of the nation. Moreover, American voters have banned gay marriage every time they have had the chance to vote on it. So, Indiana is not some unusual place that is more antigay than the rest of the country. In fact, it banned gay marriage much later than most of the nation. It is smackdab in the mainstream on this issue.

    Posted by: Javier | Feb 16, 2011 8:54:23 AM

  5. I believe that Indiana is the worst State in the Union, and I am ashamed to live in this pit of bigotry, ignorance and foolishness, but moving is not an option.

    Posted by: SONNIE | Feb 16, 2011 9:16:39 AM

  6. Not surprising at all. I have written a letter to the editor of the Star and sent an email to the governor for his view. He may run for president and has said social issues should be put on the back burner for now but look what Mitch Daniels party is doing!

    Posted by: Rann | Feb 16, 2011 11:37:58 AM

  7. So I guess in Indiana, once this all passes, you will have to have your chromosomes checked to makes sure you are male or female. What happens if you are a male or female and have both sets of chromosomes which effectively makes you neither male or female?

    Posted by: Ted | Feb 16, 2011 12:45:20 PM

  8. I guess I'm more optimistic than most of you, but this is not over yet. It needs to pass the legislature again again in 2013 and it's possible the Democrats could regain control of the House and block it. And then there is the public vote in 2014. Public opinion has been steadily moving in our favor, by 2014 it's possible we could win this vote, even in Indiana. Also let's remember that amendments that ban both civil unions and marriage have historically passed by narrower margins, so I beleive there is still a good chance we can stop this.

    Posted by: Ken | Feb 16, 2011 1:31:52 PM

  9. I live in Gary Indiana and have designated the state as Zindiana...the last state! This state is a f'in mess all the way around!!

    Posted by: bill miller | Feb 16, 2011 1:53:36 PM

  10. what should we expect from the uber self pious bigots farmers of this backward "fly over " state ????

    Posted by: MarkBoston | Feb 18, 2011 1:33:23 AM

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