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Ind. lawmaker intoduces bill to add constitutional ban on same-sex marriage

Thursday, January 9, 2014

INDIANAPOLIS — A Republican lawmaker in Indiana has introduced a measure that seeks to place the state’s same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution.

Indiana capitol in Indianapolis.

Indiana capitol in Indianapolis.

The House resolution filed Thursday by state Rep. Eric Turner of Cicero would strengthen Indiana’s existing ban and limit future expansion of benefits for same-sex couples.

The formal introduction of the measure tees up a legislative fight that has been waiting in the wings for months.

Supporters and opponents have been lobbying members of the House Judiciary Committee behind the scenes and publicly.

The 13-member panel will be the first testing ground for both sides.

If lawmakers approve the ban measure this year, it would head to voters in November. The measure won broad bipartisan support in 2011. But that support appears to have softened somewhat amid shifting national attitudes.

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  1. That politician is homophobic

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:24pm
  2. For every state moving forward, we still have some moving backwards… SIGH…

    When will they learn, you can slow down the progress but you can not stop it forever.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:24pm
  3. two steps forward and one step backward

    Replied on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:37pm
  4. 2004 called. It wants its tactic back.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:24pm
  5. No.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:24pm
  6. what a twat

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:25pm
  7. Clearly they did this because they saw how well it’s worked in all the other states the past few years. Oh, wait….

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:25pm
  8. That just shows their ignorance when constitutional bans have been proven unconstitutional. Republicans are just in office to spread their hate agenda and waste tax payers dollars.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:25pm
  9. We need the Federal Government to step in and enforce Equal Marriage Rights in this country. STOP this nonsense.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:26pm
  10. Still living in the 1700′s

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:27pm
  11. Nooooo!!! First the homophobes in Utah, and now in Indiana?!?

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:27pm
  12. ugg, sometimes I hate this state. I saddly live here, we do not agree!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:27pm
  13. I don't live there but have researched many states for a suitable relocation. Much of what I've read seems to be negative for most cities there, with some hope for Indianapolis. At a conference in Chicago I heard someone refer to Indiana as an intolerant backward hick state and they hated living there.

    Replied on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:35pm
  14. Bloomington is nice...

    Replied on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:41pm
  15. Sadly, most of the state is very backwards.

    Replied on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:42pm
  16. IDIOTS!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:29pm
  17. What a waste of money, time and energy. Even if they pass it, it will be short lived. So many other areas could use the money and effort.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:29pm
  18. What I find interesting is that by doing things like this, they seem to not realize they are hastening the recognition of love throughout the country. These types of moves only galvanize their opposition…which is now well more than 50% of the country. Any lawmaker who can’t see the writing on the wall and continues to push for changes like these should just resign, really, because they’re too dogmatic to actually make decisions.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:30pm
  19. Dinosaurs fighting extinction. Equality is inevitable.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:31pm
  20. Get a life sir!!! JUST STOP and realize you are hurting other human beings!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:31pm
  21. Ignorance runs very deep.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:31pm
  22. Two steps forward and three steps back :( dammit people get it right, keep moving forward!!!’n

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:33pm
  23. Ummmmm I think gay people should start SUING their stats for unjust and criminal behavior towards them!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:33pm
  24. Thet didn’t learn a thing from Minnesota. They pushed it here and not only did it fail, but they opened the door for marriage equality. Thank you, Republicans, please keep pushing the issue and motivating people to push back.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:33pm
  25. They might be late to the party but they want to be clear about their hate for gay people. I can’t stand living in this backward, redneck state. I guess this will distract their supporters from noticing how they are getting totally screwed by these assholes.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:33pm
  26. Why are the religious right continuing to push something that will soon be dead by action of the SCOTUS??? Hatred from the pulpit..such wonders never cease.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:34pm
  27. what’s sadd; the bulk of my family hails from this state of republican idiots!….uugghhhhhhhhhh

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:37pm
  28. Another republican hater

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:38pm
  29. Waste of time and resources

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:39pm
  30. republicans…keep your god out of my government.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:39pm
  31. Wow, this makes me sad to be from Indiana. I remember signing a petition so this wouldn’t happen… glad they totally paid attention to that.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:40pm
  32. Won’t happen

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:41pm
  33. Allison, unfortunately you are correct. I have lived here since 1997 with my partner of 22 years. We can’t wait to get out of this beautiful but backward state .

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:42pm
  34. That train has left the station, and their puny little constitutional amendment won’t mean a thing, when it gets struck down by the Supreme Court, as it eventually will.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:44pm
  35. gross !

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:45pm
  36. all steps backward for indiana

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:45pm
  37. Supreme has got to stop this crap when people get married in other states it does not matter and every state has to accept everyone the IRS has already said

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:46pm
  38. Not all state issued licenses are recognized equally by other states.

    Replied on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:03pm
  39. just more proof that state govts are outdated & obsolete

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:47pm
  40. living in Indiana, this is such a non issue, it is illegal to get married here so why spend the tax payers dollars to keep it illiegal. This state has enough troubles without having to worry about this. This man needs to see how to get tax dollars to his district.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:48pm
  41. ASSHOLES!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:49pm
  42. Makes me sick. I’m no fucking different then anyone else. I’m madly in love with my wife and have been married over a year now. Why should my rights be taken away just because some over the hill politician thinks that his way is the way to go?!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:49pm
  43. not going to work dickheads, give up and save your taxpayers money, ‘be men about it’ it will become federal law of the land and there is nothing you can do to stop it.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:49pm
  44. Why is it so important to them not to allow us to get married? Dont they have better things to spend their time and money on? How about child abuse? Feeding the poor? Taking care of the sick and needy as the bible asks us to do.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:50pm
  45. Makes me embarrassed to be from indiana

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:50pm
  46. This depresses me.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:51pm
  47. What a GOPer waste of taxpayer money and resources as usual!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:54pm
  48. Does he not realize that it’s unconstitutional?

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:54pm
  49. republicunts should all be killed

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:55pm
  50. all bans are unconstitutional according to the federal constitution which trumps all state constitutions….shows how stupid our state representatives are.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 3:55pm
  51. I am sure they can find something else to spend all these court dollars on. Really?

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:01pm
  52. Wasted money and time this is seriously f’ed up

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:03pm
  53. If you have a state tax that is the problem but federal tax is no problem everywhere

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:05pm
  54. Intoduces… Smh

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:06pm
  55. So much for equal rights & freedom in the USA or is that just for ” straight Americans ”
    The USA needs to stop listening to the religious bigots & not to allow their religious beliefs infiltrate the political system & legal law, not just to appease those that preach relgious bigotry

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:10pm
  56. Education, unemployment, public safety services, healthcare…are not that important anymore! Yet, bigotry is though. Indiana continues to pour more and more money (they don’t have) at their fear of marriage equality, instead of addressing more critical issues. What a complete waste of tax dollars, it’s beyond embarrassing at this point.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:15pm
  57. Hmmmm… high unemployment, healthcare is going south fast, murder, rape, missing children… HEY I have an idea, instead of dealing with all that let’s stop GAY MARRIAGE (that affects us 0%). Ya that’s the ticket!!! Hatred is a sad emotion to hold onto. le sigh

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:17pm
  58. This is sad. Makes me embarrassed to be a Hoosier.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:20pm
  59. This bill sucks it’s taken away equality. Hey folks love is louder, ” let your voice be heard”❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:23pm
  60. Indiana needs to get with it this is such a fucked up state let people marry who they want!! My partner and I have a civil union through Illinois and we are getting married in June … Same sex will be legal in Indiana soon I mean if Utah of all places a Mormon state can make it legal I know this fucked up state can!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:23pm
  61. It wont pass. DOMA was found to be unconstitutional and so are the bans in the states.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:26pm
  62. Then again we can always move to Illinois the hell with Indiana and mike pence!! Yeah I said it….!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:26pm
  63. i live next state over from Ind,,, and it’s not surprised, this state has always be backwards !!!! and it continues :-(

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 4:39pm
  64. How long until these Dumbos figure out this is unconstitutional?

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:11pm
  65. ;(

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:11pm
  66. :(

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:18pm
  67. Yeah, because this will DEFINITELY work

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:19pm
  68. Good, run with it and then watch as companies leave the state!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:28pm
  69. Here’s the Constitution, Equal for All means EQUAL FOR ALL. Why is the Republican party soooo obsessed with not letting every person have the same rights as the white rich man, oh wait, because they are fu*king nuts.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:29pm
  70. ok it will be struck down and how 2003-2004

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:30pm
  71. If the gays are so discriminated against here then leave try Iran they welcome the fags there

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:33pm
  72. Poor Indiana. Stuck in 1983.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:35pm
  73. Good job maybe more will follow

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:36pm
  74. Most Republicans are Christian & take the bible definition for marriage. Call it a civil union get your rights & everyone’s happy or continue the fight and get what you have. I’d comprimise & be happy

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:40pm
  75. This law isn’t constitutional at all.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:54pm
  76. Fuck that guy!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 5:56pm
  77. Wake up and see the tide changing you bigot!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:07pm
  78. What has the marriage of somebody else got to do with these Homo Stultus knuckle draggers? NOTHING!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:13pm
  79. Bigots do what bigots are.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:22pm
  80. Losers make laws like that

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6:26pm
  81. hell no..

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:07pm
  82. Another one.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 7:40pm
  83. Well good, I hope they propose a bill to ban Christianity then!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:05pm
  84. If we can ‘t be free then they shouldn’t be allowed their freedom either!!!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:05pm
  85. Republicans just will not let it go, will they? Loving couples who are consenting adults should have the right to marry, regardless if they are of the same sex. What is it about Republicans that they cannot allow people to find their happiness together? What is it about Republicans that they must use the power of the state to interfere in the most private, intimate decisions of adult Americans, whether it is marriage equality or a woman’s right to make her own, personal health decisions? Republicans are a pestilence, a cancer on America. Vote out every last damned Republican in 2014!

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:06pm
  86. Obviously they prefer promiscuity to commitment.

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:09pm
  87. NO

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:10pm
  88. Is it 2014???? I thought it was “human rights for everybody”

    Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 8:21pm