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Indiana GOP Intend To Move Forward On Anti-Gay Marriage Amendment

EricTurnerRMarriage equality's electoral wins in this month's election haven't deterred Indiana State Rep. Eric Turner and his GOP allies from their anti-gay marriage mission.

1010 WCSI reports that Turner plans on moving 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 and that state's GOP made a show of moving away from homophobic politicking

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.

Rick Sutton, executive director of Indiana Equality Action told WCSI they're going to let the vote go through as is expected and instead concentrate efforts on fighting conservative forces during the proposed amendment's final test: a public vote in 2014.

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  1. I'm not surprised by this. The GOP in that state gained supermajority status in this recent election so I expect the amendment to pass by bigger margins than in 2011.

    I hope Equality Indiana or whatever group runs the campaign against the amendment will utilize volunteers from outside the state to help fight the amendment. I went to Maine on a volunteer vacation for an entire week and Minnesota, when I could, to help them win. Coming from the southeastern side of Wisconsin, it would be easier to help Indiana.

    Posted by: Sam | Nov 23, 2012 8:50:45 AM

  2. Swell. They learned nothing this past election and are doubling down. Great.

    Posted by: JohnAGJ | Nov 23, 2012 8:55:21 AM

  3. And I'll bet Republicans in Indiana, like Republicans elsewhere, wonder why they can't get young people to vote for them.

    Posted by: K in VA | Nov 23, 2012 9:15:29 AM

  4. Typical of my home state. I almost fainted when we turned blue in 2008 and that has proven to be a temporary fluke. Remember, this is the state where Rethug Mike Pence is from and he'll most likely run for POTUS in 2016.

    I'm not worried, once the federal marriage equality law is in place, all these backward, homophobic states can shove it and whistle dixie.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 23, 2012 9:16:39 AM

  5. You can wipe most of the spots off a leopard but its still a leopard.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 23, 2012 9:36:15 AM

  6. And their disgustingly anti-gay governor-elect Pence is probably wetting himself with excitement. One of the many reasons I don't think I'll ever move back to my home state of Indiana.

    Posted by: mitt romney | Nov 23, 2012 9:40:34 AM

  7. If this passes, all it will do is lure talented gay professionals out of Indiana. In the current climate, this is incredibly inane. However, it panders to the base of the GOP.

    I think the lgbt community needs to start economic warfare against states that have specifically codified anti-gay discrimination and make a concerted effort to economically support states that support us.

    This involves everything from where we put our tourism dollars to which stores and companies we choose to shop from.

    Nothing will effect change faster than economic pressure.


    Posted by: Lelio Risen | Nov 23, 2012 9:45:00 AM

  8. We have a regressive Legislature, a backward Governor and a poorly informed electorate, but the Hoosier state DOES NOT have Senator-elect Richard Mourdock! One out of three ain't bad!

    Posted by: Not a Pence fan | Nov 23, 2012 9:47:21 AM

  9. Lets NEVER forger what the GOP Republicans stands for.

    Posted by: Gast | Nov 23, 2012 10:21:51 AM

  10. Lets NEVER forget what the GOP Republicans stands for.

    Posted by: Gast | Nov 23, 2012 10:22:23 AM

  11. As if election night wasn't proof enough that Indiana is the Mississippi of the Mid-West!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 23, 2012 10:23:16 AM

  12. "...all it will do is lure talented gay professionals out of Indiana."

    TOO LATE! That ship has already sailed!

    Posted by: TampaZeke | Nov 23, 2012 10:25:07 AM

  13. GOP get out of the bedroom

    Posted by: ian | Nov 23, 2012 11:05:10 AM

  14. Uganda, Indiana. population: ignorant.

    Posted by: kodiak | Nov 23, 2012 11:23:40 AM

  15. Always has been the farthest north state in the confederacy

    Posted by: Boomer | Nov 23, 2012 11:55:36 AM

  16. Living in Indiana I am not surprised. I knew it was coming. Wish the economy was a bit better so we could move away.

    Posted by: michael | Nov 23, 2012 11:58:52 AM

  17. One more stupid ass state that will have all this bullsh**t overturned when the SCOTUS finally rules the right way. What a waste of time and energy hurting innocent couples who have done nothing to them. And I agree with the above. All consumer dollars out of states that pull this crap.

    Posted by: ChrisQ | Nov 23, 2012 12:09:41 PM

  18. One big thing to consider: The amendment would ban not only marriage, but also civil unions for same-sex couples. According to Nate Silver's analysis last year as to when such measures would fail in each state, such a ban in Indiana would've failed this year (going by the accelerated model, which proved to be accurate with Minnesota). 2014 will see increased movement on this issue to our side. In addition, while it is a midterm year, this years elections have shown that supporters of same-sex marriage clearly now have the enthusiasm advantage over the opponents.

    Posted by: Stefan | Nov 23, 2012 12:20:04 PM

  19. Thank you Stefan for the positive news. Personally, I think Indiana is a very red state and it will pass easily if placed on ballot, regardless of the year, but we'll see what happens. It's just very sad overall, and a clear reminder that we're still going to be used as a scapegoat by conservative bigots in the country, regardless of what happened November 6th.

    Posted by: Francis | Nov 23, 2012 12:41:00 PM

  20. If they're not confident they can get the votes before 2014, they are a defunct party, especially if the supreme court rules against them on the federal level.

    Posted by: Garst | Nov 23, 2012 3:01:46 PM

  21. "...all it will do is lure talented gay professionals out of Indiana"

    Indiana University and Purdue University are essentially the only two bright spots in the state. Remember this was a state that tried to redefine pi as 3.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 23, 2012 5:23:34 PM

  22. What is a Hoosier?

    Basically, a Kentuckian that wanted to move to Michigan but ran out of gas.

    Yes, we truly are the Mississippi of the midwest, look at any red-state-blue-state map and you'll see. Some of the counties in our fair state have a population who lives well below the poverty line and yet those same (red) counties would have loved to vote in Mitt for POTUS, a man who would have disenfranchised them even further.

    And, yes, the ship has already sailed.

    Most of our brightest left when the cultural cuts happened about 8 years ago. There is basically zero govt. dollars available for the arts, most of our culture is privately funded and that particular joke is a politically-motivated nightmare.

    Posted by: johnny | Nov 24, 2012 5:59:08 AM

  23. I USED to live in that Nazi state but moved to Minnesota (where both state houses are now democratic!!)and thank God I moved. I hated living there every moment and it is true it is the Mississippi of the midwest...what a terrible state to live in

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 24, 2012 8:33:21 AM

  24. @Johnny: I thought a Hoosier was someone who dribbled a basketball on the track of the Indianapolis 500 looking for mushrooms.

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Nov 24, 2012 4:37:26 PM

  25. I was born in Indiana and left at the age of 25, knowing that a future for a gay person would be a sad life there. It is still laced with racial hatred and the KKK thrives ! If you are white and willing to think like everyone else ..... wow what a great place to live ! Be different and think for yourself and you will know you are not welcome ! Sad, because it was a wonderful safe place to grow up, but I am now ashamed to claim I am from there.

    Posted by: PAUL B. | Nov 25, 2012 1:09:14 PM

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