Indianapolis City Council Votes to Oppose Legislation Banning Gay Marriage

The Indianapolis City-County Council last night voted to oppose efforts to constitutionally ban same-sex marriage, the AP reports:

IndianaCouncil members voted 22-6 Monday night in support of a resolution urging the Legislature to reject the proposed constitutional amendment. Democratic council vice president John Barth says Indiana needs to present itself as a welcoming place for all people. All 15 council Democrats supported the resolution, along with seven Republicans. Six Republicans voted against it.

Republican councilwoman Ginny Cain said she opposed the resolution because the marriage amendment's fate should be decided by voters.

The measure will come before legislators next year with possible inclusion on the November 2014 ballot.

Comments

  1. Rich says

    Let’s hope that Indiana does the right thing and does not amend the constitution. Maybe, like Minnesota, bigots who want to do that will cause a backlash and Indiana will get marriage equality. Unlikely, but it would be nice if they could join Illinois, Iowa and Minnesota in changing the “color” of that part of the map.
    Kudos to the Indianapolis City council. I don’t think the amendment will happen because the business community strongly opposes it and Indiana’s economy is not doing that we’ll anyway. Why hurt it more?

  2. Anthony says

    It doesn’t matter what Indiana does or does not do anymore. We have federally recognized gay marriage in all 50 states. Wait until tons of legal challenges are filed once tax season starts, and then SCOTUS will be forced to legalize it in all 50 states.

  3. Just_a_guy says

    “Kudos to the Indianapolis City council. I don’t think the amendment will happen because the business community strongly opposes it and Indiana’s economy is not doing that we’ll anyway. Why hurt it more?”

    Rich, are you an idiot?

    Equal marriage is good for business. This is true in ANY state, just look it up. What’s more, one of the Hoosier economy’s longest weaknesses has been educating folks at IU, Purdue, and elsewhere, and having them promptly leave for a less bigoted environment. It’s called “brain drain,” and it’s been a big problem for Indiana for decades–uniquely so because Indiana also has the greatest percent of manufacturing in its economy, requiring an increasingly skilled, educated workforce.

    Young graduates today are even more likely than young graduates a decade ago to insist on a state with marriage equality and similar values–ideally with a lower cost of living.

    To reach its maximum potential, Indiana business NEEDS marriage equality.

  4. Chris S. says

    Hey…Just A Guy…you’re the idiot. The amendment is to BAN gay marriage, not permit it, so by opposing the amendment, the business community is sort of supporting gay marriage.

    Rich IS saying marriage equality is good for business, and approving the amendment (which constitutionally bans gay marriage) is bad for business.

  5. Goodcarver says

    JUST_A_GUY congratulations on your excellent post on why the Hoosier State needs marriage equality. I hope that by the time that issue appears on the ballot, other Hoosiers will realize the same thing.

  6. Francis #1 says

    7 Republicans voted for this measure against the proposed marriage amendment in Indiana. Because they state it goes too far and it’s pointless considering the state already doesn’t allow same-sex marriage, on top of it being bad for business. Indiana may not see marriage equality in the immediate future but it’s nice to see there are people in the state against this baseless discrimination against the community.

  7. Rocket says

    Leaving it up to the voters has already been trying another state and has been deemed unconstitutional what makes Indiana think that letting the voters decide matters?