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Republican mayor opposes Indiana same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — The Republican mayor of Evansville is joining the opposition to putting Indiana’s ban on gay marriage into the state constitution.

Lloyd Winnecke

Lloyd Winnecke

A spokeswoman for Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke says he’s written a letter to area legislators explaining his opposition to the proposed constitutional amendment.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports Winnecke wrote he considers the amendment unnecessarily divisive and that economic development, jobs and the quality of life are the most important issues for the state’s third-largest city.

Republican Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is also opposing the amendment.

Republican legislative leaders say they expect the General Assembly will vote next year on whether to put the amendment on the November 2014 statewide ballot.

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  1. one of the ONLY times I’ve been happy about the stance of Evansville. Now….had they not opposed that pesky law about protecting LGBT people in the workplace, we’d have something.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:06pm
  2. I’m shocked in a good way

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:09pm
  3. I’m sorry but I think its really stupid how they’re gonna sit and ban same sex marriage in indiana I’m from indiana bitches and there is nothing wrong with same sex marriage in any state

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:10pm
  4. It already is banned... they are trying to put it in the states constitution.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:36pm
  5. And another thing it shouldn’t really matter who you fall in love with as long as they are happy that’s all that should matter so stop judging us because we love the same sex

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:12pm
  6. Shame!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:32pm
  7. Shame that he opposes the BAN on same sex marriage?

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:51am
  8. Why is supporting equality a shame Den?

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:47pm
  9. It’s gonna happen at some point whether he likes it or not.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:32pm
  10. You do realize that he wants the ban overturned in the statehouse before it hits the public polls in 2014? He is FOR equality.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:41pm
  11. I got confused. There's so many for the ban on same sex marriage that it feels like everyone is against equality.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:43pm
  12. We need more closet republicans to come out….

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:00pm
  13. Wow, good for him…. But he will not be liked by the vast majority of republican politicians that Are homophobes …he might have to change parties…. Though it would be nice if his fellow republicans actually stopped being prejudice and full of hate, and followed his example …

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:18pm
  14. There are a couple conservative mayors opposing it in fact. The best part is, they’re citing their conservatism as their reasoning, saying they oppose big government and it isn’t the job of the government to dictate marriage. Freedom Indiana just released a list of mayors opposed to the ban (check out their FB).

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:42pm
  15. Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 7:44pm
  16. Thanks Susan!

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:47pm
  17. Do these people enjoy being behind the times?

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:05pm
  18. They aren't behind the times!

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:47pm
  19. he needs to oppose their marijuana ban to

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 8:47pm
  20. the other devils in his party will roast him..

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 9:52pm
  21. Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:28pm
  22. Idiot.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 10:50pm
  23. As a resident of Indiana I am praying for a lot more open minds like his. Thanks for supporting my equality.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:03pm
  24. Yeh–Winnecke!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:16pm
  25. All bans are already unconstitutional .

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:35pm
  26. No they are not.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:41pm
  27. I was born/raised in fountain county, joined the military and have lived elsewhere all my life. My family is still there. Beautiful state! This guy and comments on here show what “true” Hoosiers are; intelligent, caring and open minded. Once again proud to call it my home state. And he’s a republican! Never thought I’d see that. My faith us slowly returning! Lol

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:40pm
  28. Homophobic trolls, you’re outnumbered!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 11:41pm
  29. As a representative of this state it is your duty to represent the people. What do the people want? If the people of Indiana want to allow same sex marriage you should allow it in this state. Get on board with all the other states Indiana! Vote yes for same sex marriage.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 12:24am
  30. HJR-6 is not about legalizing same sex marriage. It is about the people voting to amend the state constitution to include an official ban on same sex marriage. Indiana is not even close to debating on legalizing it yet.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:50pm
  31. Glad I don’t live there

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:53am
  32. Why not? He is a good man... he supports EQUALITY.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:45pm
  33. YOU LOOK GUILTY OF SOMETHING:)CLOSET CASE!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 3:52am
  34. Yeah, good luck Mayor with that…you just try to oppose it…..Skylar dear, I understand and I support you 100%….why should it matter who you love…the important thing is that you love!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 4:10am
  35. Can't you read?

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:39pm
  36. Please re-read the article.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:44pm
  37. Wow. If Indiana became the next state with gay marriage, that would be a huge coup!

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 4:38am
  38. That won't happen.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:38pm
  39. Very unlikely seeing as we are trying to get HJR-6 from getting to the polls for people to even have to vote on the issue.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:43pm
  40. It’s not just marriage at risk here- that’s already banned, although not constitutionally. The proposed amendment also bans benefits, recognition, and anything resembling marriage.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:32am
  41. No rights to unmarried straight people either!

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:42pm
  42. These comments read like a lot of you misunderstood- he opposes the ban, not same sex marriage…

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 6:33am
  43. People don't read.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:44pm
  44. The problem is this bill has nothing to do with marriage equality and EVERYTHING to do with taking away the few rights same-sex couples enjoy. If HJR-6 is voted down in the session, we still won’t have marriage equality.

    The Republicans in the General Assembly have baited and switched it that way because they have so little disregard for the public and telling them the truth.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 9:09am
  45. HJR-6 has a good chance to be a dead matter before it goes to the polls... we Hoosiers have ONE LAST CHANCE to get it thrown out at the state house in the next couple of months.

    Replied on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 1:52pm
  46. We aren’t at the point of legalizing same sex marriage but we will never be if they change the constitution. So many other states are legalizing same sex marriage but here in the south it seems that it will never be. I for one will leave my home state just to be treated equally and be with people of the same mind set.

    Posted on Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at 2:23pm