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10:21 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Indiana House to Consider Altered Gay Marriage Amendment

The Indiana House is poised to take up an altered proposal that would ban gay marriage in the state constitution, while leaving the door open for civil unions and employee benefits for same-sex couples.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers narrowly approved altering the proposed constitutional ban last night to remove language that would ban recognition of anything "similar" to marriage for same-sex couples. That section of the amendment had become a sticking point for many legislators who otherwise support the ban.

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1:01 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Indiana Committee Approves Same-Sex Marriage Ban Amendment

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A House committee has approved House Joint Resolution-3, a measure that would amend the state constitution to define marriage as between a man and a woman.

The amendment and its companion bill was moved to the Elections Committee yesterday in a move House Speaker Brian Bosma said was aimed at getting the measures out of committee and to the full House floor.

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Local News
4:26 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

Indiana AG Quizzed About Proposed Gay Marriage Amendment

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says he's been fielding numerous questions from lawmakers about the state’s gay marriage ban and a proposal to add it to the state constitution.

Zoeller said Friday he could not divulge details of those conversations because of attorney-client privilege, but he's been hearing extensively from both sides of the issue.

Zoeller represents state lawmakers and other state officials in court and often provides legal advice.

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Local News
3:31 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

Bosma: Indiana Gay Marriage Amendment Still on the Table for 2014 Session

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma
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Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma says he expects lawmakers to reach a conclusion this year on amending the state's same-sex marriage ban into the constitution but the Republican hasn't decided on timetable for tackling the issue in the 2014 session.

Bosma did not include the ban on a list of formal House Republican priorities presented at the Indiana Chamber of commerce's annual legislative preview today.   But the issue is still likely to dominate much of the 2014 session.

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Local News
3:58 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Indiana University Joins Coalition Fighting Gay Marriage Ban

Indiana University has joined a bipartisan campaign fighting a proposed state constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages.

The university announced Monday it is joining Freedom Indiana, a coalition that includes Eli Lilly & Co., Cummins Inc. and the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce.

IU President Michael McRobbie says the amendment would turn some prospective employees away from Indiana and make it more difficult to remain economically competitive.

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Local News
4:41 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

New Indiana Group Hopes to Defeat Gay Marriage Ban Amendment

A coalition of businesses and activist groups has begun its push to defeat an amendment that would write Indiana's same-sex marriage ban into the state constitution.

More than 200 people filled downtown Indianapolis' Artsgarden for Wednesday's announcement of the new group, called Freedom Indiana.

Campaign manager Megan Robertson says passing the amendment would strip gay and lesbian residents of their rights and harm Indiana's reputation. She calls the campaign against the amendment a bipartisan push.

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Local News
10:40 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Ind. Gov. Mike Pence Apologizes for Deletion of Facebook Comments on Gay Marriage

Mike Pence
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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is apologizing for his staff deleting comments from his official Facebook page that criticized a statement he issued supporting the state's ban on gay marriage.

Pence's apology was posted today on the same Facebook page.

Some gay marriage supporters complained that their comments were deleted and profiles blocked from the governor's Facebook page after Pence posted a statement Wednesday saying he would support a state constitutional ban on gay marriage.

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Local News
2:36 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Pence Defends Deletion of Facebook Gay Marriage Comments

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is defending his staff's decision to delete pro-gay marriage comments from his Facebook page that he says included personal attacks.

Pence said Thursday that his social media policy allows for differing opinions without personal attacks. He says it mirrors the online commenting policy of many news organizations.

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2:29 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Senator Rand Paul Says Bestiality Comments Were Misunderstood

U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky.,

Appearing on NPR's "Here and Now" Thursday, U.S. Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., says his controversial comments equating gay marriage to bestiality are being misinterpreted.

During an interview with radio show host Glenn Beck, the two discussed the high court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and uphold a lower-court's decision that struck down Proposition 8 banning same-sex marriage in California.

Beck argued that changing marriage laws allows for new definitions of the institution, such as polygamy.

Paul questioned if lawmakers should use their moral beliefs when drafting bills but went further saying: "And I think this is a conundrum...If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further—does it have to be humans? You know?"

The senator's office said he was being sarcastic.

Paul told NPR the same thing, but added the comments are being misunderstood and that people should listen to the recording again.

"In the interview we were talking about not having laws. We weren't talking about gay marriage. We weren't talking about DOMA," he says. "What we were talking about was whether state government should be involved at all and if there are no state government rules what could potentially happen."

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Local News
12:40 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

With Supreme Court Rulings, Gay Marriage Won't Come to Kentucky Anytime Soon

Chris Hartman speaking at Wednesday's rally.
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Whether same-sex couples can be married in Kentucky will be a matter to be settled in the future after a pair of Supreme Court rulings issued Wednesday, leaders on both sides of the argument say.

Chris Hartman, director of the Kentucky Fairness Campaign, says the ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act is a reason for celebration from his cause's supporters.

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