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January 29, 2014

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As I read articles about the ridiculous proposed constitutional amendment banning marriage equality in Indiana, I am amazed by the ignorance on this issue that some people seem to have.

According to Freedom Indiana, a group fighting this huge government waste, the estimated cost of taxpayer dollars it will take to put this on the ballot is between $20 million and $30 million. Think about that. Our elected officials in Indiana, during tough economic times, are wanting to spend between $20 million to $30 million to prevent equal rights for an oppressed minority. Who could call themselves a “fiscal conservative” and do this?

What’s even worse is that marriage equality is already illegal in the state of Indiana. So we are going to spend all of this taxpayer money to make something illegal that is already illegal? Does this make any sense to anyone? This doesn’t even take into account how this will affect the business community, which almost entirely opposes this.

What makes this even more insane is the fact that just recently, two separate federal judges have ruled these amendments in other states unconstitutional. Those cases are being appealed and will most likely end up at the Supreme Court, which just last summer ruled in favor of equality and reinstated gay marriage in California and dismantled the federal Defense of Marriage Act, allowing the government to recognize these marriages. It seems pretty obvious that they are going to support equality.

So basically we could spend millions of dollars, divide our state, then have this ruled unconstitutional, and not only look like a national joke, but waste a ton of money that could have done a lot of good for our state. Would you rather have safer roads, better schools or even a tax rebate check? Or would you rather waste millions of dollars attempting to make something illegal even more illegal, knowing there’s a big chance that it’s going to be overturned?

The depth of ignorance on this issue is amazing. Get on the right side of history, Indiana. Let your elected officials know that this is madness.

Marriage equality is coming, trust me. To those who oppose it, I suggest finding a better cause and legacy than fighting against love and equality. I believe it is better for people to tend to their own marriages and not worry so much about someone else’s. Perhaps if more people did that we wouldn’t have sky-high divorce rates in Indiana. And divorce is the real threat to traditional marriage.

Strangely, though, an amendment banning divorce hasn’t been brought up.

— Ryan Foote

Terre Haute

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