Opponents Of Marriage Ban Applaud Delay
But They Know The Fight's Not Over
Indiana Equality Action gets what that group and its allies want--at least for this year.
Senate President David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma say the General Assembly will not act until 2014 on the proposed constitutional ban on same sex marriage. That would still give the legislators time to get it on the statewide election ballot by November of next year. But for now, Equality Action Executive Director Rick Sutton thanks legislators for putting aside a proposal that he says could have "uncertain long-term consequences."
"A delay is by no means a win," he said. "But we believe we are headed in a better direction, and Indiana is stronger when we all move forward together."
He's especially concerned about the proposed amendment's second line, which says that "anything substantially similar to marriage shall not be granted to same gender couples."
"We think that means a whole host of things," said Sutton. "We released a study in December you may recall that lists 614 specific Indiana code sites--everything from agricultural law, to contrcact law, to school law, probate--that might be affected by this."