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Poll: Two-Thirds of Indiana Voters Oppose Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

Indiana CapitolAs Indiana Republican state legislators caucus today to discuss an expected vote on a gay marriage constitutional ban next year, some welcome news arrives in the form of a new poll showing two-thirds of Hoosiers are against the proposal. The Journal Gazette reports:

By 64 percent to 36 percent, voters say amending the Indiana Constitution is not the right way to deal with same sex marriage. 

A slight plurality - 46 percent to 43 percent - oppose the amendment.

For comparison, an April 2013 statewide survey by the same polling company showed voters were similarly divided, but with 46 percent in support. 

"The message from these results is clear: Hoosiers overwhelmingly support some legal recognition for same-sex couples, and they oppose amending the Indiana Constitution to address the issue of same-sex marriage and rights," said Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson.

The poll found almost three-fourths of Hoosiers believe there should be some legal recognition or rights for gay and lesbian couples. 

Hoosiers also have deep concerns about the second sentence of the amendment, which would strip additional legal rights from unmarried couples, a press release said.

More than half of respondents would vote against the amendment after finding out that it bans civil unions and might have other consequences.

Indiana's General Assembly already overwhelmingly approved the constitutional amendment back in 2011. If approved by lawmakers for the second time, it would go to voters for a final say in November 2014. 

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  1. Why is this welcome news? The Republicans have shown that they do not care what the people think about anything. Right now in Washington, they are conspiring to try and wreck what little economic recovery the country has managed to produce.

    Posted by: enough | Sep 26, 2013 7:14:54 AM


  2. All politicians in the State of Indiana think that they are Gods that can do NO wrong. The public be damned is their attitude. No matter what the people say, the politicians will vote the Republican agenda - No same-sex marriage. It's a Red State with Southern attitude problems. Never forget that Indiana gave birth to the KKK, and might as well gave birth to Fred Phelps. Trust me on this.

    Posted by: HenryG | Sep 26, 2013 8:42:09 AM


  3. Not so fast, Henry. Obama won Indiana in 2008. What makes you think Indiana is so reliably red?

    Posted by: Jasper | Sep 26, 2013 10:01:59 AM


  4. Republicans are the only one that don't care what the people think? Aren't the Democrats not listening to the people when they are saying in poll after poll since the inception of Obamacare that they DON'T like it? It is more unpopular now than it was when it was rammed through.

    Posted by: Carlsson | Sep 26, 2013 10:16:16 AM


  5. Go troll somewhere else, Carlsson. You are tired.

    Posted by: patrick | Sep 26, 2013 10:19:04 AM


  6. Calling someone a troll is the new calling someone a racist when someone is lacking any intellectual argument/rebuttal. I feel bad for you Patrick. Obviously you must be lacking critical thinking abilities.

    Posted by: Carlsson | Sep 26, 2013 11:22:39 AM


  7. Carlsson, one day, very soon, you will come to love Obamacare... it's inevitable.

    Posted by: tbd | Sep 26, 2013 11:50:02 AM


  8. Patrick, don't feed the trolls.

    Posted by: Charles | Sep 26, 2013 11:55:53 AM


  9. I have a sense that this proves once again that coming out is our most powerful weapon--and that plenty of people in Indiana have been using that weapon. Indiana is strongly Roman catholic - and Roman catholics don't like it when someone knocks their family members - including their gay family members.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Sep 26, 2013 12:12:17 PM


  10. I e Charles is another person lacking critical thinking abilities. That's too bad. How about you actually come up with an intellectual argument/rebuttal to what I said rather than using a tired term that has no basis in reality.

    Posted by: Carlsson | Sep 26, 2013 1:36:20 PM


  11. But the Legislature will try it, because they think they know what's best for the population.

    Posted by: JEFFYORK | Sep 26, 2013 2:31:11 PM


  12. I always wonder why Republican legislatures don't know what is best for you when they are dictating but Democratic legislatures do know what is best for us. Interesting.

    Posted by: Carlsson | Sep 26, 2013 2:36:18 PM


  13. Specifics, Carlsson. Go right ahead and list 'em. We're talking about equality and rights here, mind you. I'll wait here, because I know you can't.

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 26, 2013 2:42:07 PM


  14. Oh poor Robert. I guess you don't count all the restrictions cities and states place on the Constitutional right to own guns. Oh well. You are right. There are no Democratic legislatures that think they know what is best for us.

    Posted by: Carlsson | Sep 26, 2013 3:19:41 PM


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