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Two more Ind. city councils oppose same-sex marriage ban

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Two more Indiana city councils are opposing efforts to write a gay marriage ban into the state constitution.

The South Bend and Muncie councils both voted Monday night to adopt resolutions against the proposed constitutional amendment being considered by state legislators. The South Bend resolution was approved on a 6-2 vote, while the Muncie resolution was adopted in a 9-0 vote.

IndianaSouth Bend Councilman Dave Varner, the council’s only Republican, said he voted against the resolution because he believed voters should be allowed to decide the issue in a statewide referendum.

About 15 people spoke in favor of the resolution before the council voted, which didn’t sway Varner, the South Bend Tribune reported.

“I don’t think the people here tonight are prepared to accept the results of a statewide referendum … because they probably know what the results are going to be,” Varner said.

City councils in Indianapolis, Evansville and Bloomington and a bipartisan group of mayors from several cities have also spoken out against the proposed amendment.

The House Judiciary Committee on Monday delayed a vote on following more than three hours of testimony from supporters and opponents. If legislators approve the amendment during this year’s session, it will go before voters on the November election ballot.

Muncie Councilman Doug Marshall, a Democrat, said he sponsored the resolution because “I want it to be known nationally that Muncie is a city of everyone.”

Muncie resident Frank Weyl was the only one of the 11 people who spoke before the council vote who supported the proposed constitutional amendment, The Star Press reported.

“We are obligated to God to obey his laws,” Weyl said. “We are obligated to obey the Lord.”

Charles Mason, a retired Episcopalian minister, said “denying gay marriage is like denying women the right to vote.”

“Heterosexuals have virtually destroyed the sanctity of marriage,” he said.

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32 more reader comments:

  1. Awesome! Let’s get Indiana on the CORRECT side of history!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:18pm
  2. They just WANT lawsuits dont they? Thats the only thing these bans accomplish. Making money for the legal system.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:19pm
  3. One word: Greed.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:56pm
  4. Your absolutely right!!

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:54pm
  5. Horrible!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:22pm
  6. Let love happen and let everyone celebrate their love.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:23pm
  7. well no more taxx $ from me until i get = rights. n all u idiots talkin history. do u support the troops in all war in HISTORY… well you need edu self and read about famous HOMOSEXUAL war heros. burn indiana burn.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:24pm
  8. rude

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:24pm
  9. Fuck that guy and and his ” we are obligated to obey gods laws” that’s bs the bible is not the constitution and if so why aren’t you out there telling other sinners to obey gods law… Oh that’s right because you bigoted asshats decide which sins you think are wrong .

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:26pm
  10. THANK U! what happened too church and state?!

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:28pm
  11. CAN U SAY BIGGOTS

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:29pm
  12. I know! Telling us how lo live is attacking our religious freedom if your religion tells you not to marry the same sex then that means you can’t do it ,but the rest of us who don’t believe in it can .

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:30pm
  13. Okay, people, one more time- they are against same sex marriage BANS.
    The very people you’re cussing out and getting shitty with because you can’t take the time to read something properly are the people that support equality.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:33pm
  14. My comment was not directed towards the city counsels that are against the ban, but to the law makers that are pushing for a ban.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:49pm
  15. Redneck !!! Jerk

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:41pm
  16. So are they wanting to make same sex marriage legal in that state?

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:44pm
  17. Oh yes, I agree with you completely. They are opening themselves to expensive lawsuits that they will lose, just like everywhere else in the country.
    No, we are just trying to keep them from passing a constitutional ban. Actually getting equality is a whole other fight.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 5:54pm
  18. Fingers crossed for my home state.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:10pm
  19. Hopefully this goes in the direction of Equal rights. Our time has come and change always happens, except it and God loves everyone.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:14pm
  20. The people understand much more than these right wingers in the legislature!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:17pm
  21. It’s time for full equal rights and justice !

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:23pm
  22. I look forward to the day I can be proud to be from Indiana. But right now? I’m ashamed of Indiana.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 6:44pm
  23. I'm ashamed of being from Indiana right now.

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:42pm
  24. Good to see some goevernment officials on the correct side of this issue and of history!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:58pm
  25. Besides these bigots and frauds are going to lose in the end! And once we take over they will pay!

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:59pm
  26. We need equal rights everywhere come on n Just pass it already in every state n give us happiness n equality come on ky

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 8:08pm
  27. Hay you guys …Marriage isnt something you should just rush into. same sex or not.Don’t just run and “Get Married ” Just cuz you can…use your heads plz.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:07pm
  28. hahah tell that to celebrities whos marriages last anywhere from a few hours to a few months and fall a part

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:23pm
  29. Crazy ain't it.?

    Replied on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:29pm
  30. Keep on plucking that banjo boys. Red neck Crackers.

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:08pm
  31. You are all full of shit gay sex all the way

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:17pm
  32. why do idiots always think everyone has a duty to god to obey this so called lord that has been made up who is not real why do they think everyone needs to follow an invisable man in the sky

    Posted on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 9:21pm