Indiana Legislature targets same-sex couples

by Rex Wockner

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

The Indiana House of Representatives passed a measure Feb. 15 to send to voters a constitutional amendment that blocks recognition of same-sex marriages and any status similar to marriage.

House Joint Resolution 6, which passed 70-26, states: "Article 1 of the Constitution of the State of Indiana is amended by adding a new section to read as follows: ... Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized."

To take effect, the amendment would have to pass two consecutive general assemblies and be ratified by a majority of voters who turn out to vote.

"Freedom to Marry calls on the Indiana Senate to reject this punitive amendment, which would write discrimination into the state constitution," said the group's president, Evan Wolfson. "Government should be on the side of all families, not putting barriers in their paths as they seek to care for their loved ones."

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