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June 26, 2013

Gay marriage rulings clear path for Indiana battle

INDIANAPOLIS — A pair of U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage issued today quickly re-set the stage for a Statehouse battle over writing Indiana’s ban into the constitution.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, and Senate President Pro Tem David Long, R-Fort Wayne, quickly said the General Assembly would take up the ban next session, possibly putting the question to voters in 2014. The Supreme Court struck down a ban on federal benefits for same-sex couples and effectively dismissed a ban in California, but left untouched state laws limiting marriage to being between one man and one woman.

“The members of the General Assembly will be fully equipped to address the issue of the constitutional amendment in the coming legislative session, and with today’s decision, I am confident the matter will come before the General Assembly and ultimately be placed on a referenda ballot for voter consideration,” Bosma said in a statement. As they have in 30 other states, Hoosiers should have the right to speak on this issue.”

Gay marriage opponents in Indiana had sought to vote on a constitutional ban this year, but Long and Bosma chose to wait for the court’s rulings. The battle is now on, opponents and supporters said.

“We continue to believe that HJR6 (the ban) should be abandoned because it runs counter to our core Hoosier values and creates a host of unintended legal consequences,” Indiana Equality Action President Chris Paulsen said Wednesday.

American Family Association of Indiana executive director Micah Clark says the rulings “did not rewrite marriage for Indiana.”

— Associated Press

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