- Posted January 31, 2013 by
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Mayor to Defy State Ban on Same-Gender Marriage
One city mayor in the Cornfield does not agree with moves by the Indiana State Legislature to put a constitutional amendment before the people in 2014 that will enshrine a ban on same-gender marriages as well as civil unions and domestic partnerships. To show his disapproval, Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan plans to "marry" a number of same-gender couples at 10 p.m. (ET) tonight.
While the Mayor's "marriages" will not be legal, the ceremonies are a significant symbolic protest. The state already has in place a law that does not allow marriage, civil union or domestic partnership for same-gender couples in the Hoosier State. But times they are a'changin'. A recent poll found a slim majority in favor of allowing some type of legal recognition for same-gender couples.
Perhaps in part in response to the Mayor's planned action tonight and in part because the US Supreme Court is hearing arguments seeking to declare the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, Indiana Senate Majority Leader David Long said the Legislature may not consider the proposed amendment, which passed the 2012 session, during the 2013 session. Long said it may not be addressed until 2014. Of course depending the outcome in the Supreme Court which will hear the challenges to DOMA in March, any action by the Indiana State Legislature may be moot.
Reportedly at least six Bloomington City Council members will join the Mayor for the ceremonies tonight which coincide with the city's LGBTQ Film Festival's 10th anniversary. In addition, it is reputed a number of area clergy will also be on hand for the protest marriages.
From the Cornfield, it is time for Indiana to step into the 21st Century and provide equality for all its citizens. Whether marriage, civil union or domestic partnership, every couple without regard to gender or sexuality should be afforded the same legal recognition, rights and benefits under the law.
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