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Democrats target civil unions prohibition in Ind. same-sex marriage ban

Friday, January 24, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — The top Democrat in the Indiana House will lead an effort next week to delete a clause prohibiting civil unions from a proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Scott Pelath

Scott Pelath

The full House could consider possible changes to the proposed amendment as soon as Monday.

House minority leader Scott Pelath said Friday he will offer an amendment on behalf of House Democrats to strip the civil unions clause from the resolution.

The House elections committee approved the measure on a party-line vote this week. But concerns have persisted about the second part of the measure, which bans civil unions and could bar employer benefits for same-sex couples.

Senate President Pro Tem David Long said Friday the resolution would go to the Senate Judiciary Committee if it clears the House.

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6 more reader comments:

  1. It’d be better if he leaves the ban on civil unions in the proposed constitutional amendment. If people see civil unions as a compromise to gay marriage, they’ll be more likely to vote for it. Of course, if I was cynical, I’d think the Democrats KNOW this already but want to take the civil unions part out to make it look like they’re actually fighting FOR gay rights, when what they’re actually doing is helping to assure the bill’s passage.

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 9:27pm
  2. Where do these idiotic bigots get there hatred from ? Why does equality frighten these bigots or is that they know they are fighting a losing battle & the hypocritical & bigoted attitudes towards gay people in the church, they’d just rather spread their religious intolerance instead of actually hating people who they have ever met or are likely to
    Christianity is about love your neighbour not trying to kill them because of who they sleep with

    Posted on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 10:01pm
  3. They need to get rid of the proposed amendment banning same sex marriage all together!

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 12:53am
  4. Of course it will go to the Senate. Long has proven that he is no friend of of ours. Even when his wife was involved in the local theatre community which has a large gay presence here.

    The only benefit on the, stripping the civil union prohibition would be that it might be ruled as a new language for the purpose of putting it on the ballot. That would mean that it would have to pass another separately elected legislature in order to be brought to the ballot. I don’t see that happening given how anti gay our Indiana tea party government is. Although I suppose the state could be sued to make that case.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:27am
  5. I think I need to run for office. Who will support me.

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:34pm
  6. Willing to run for office to help us. Any supporter’s for me

    Posted on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 1:43pm