Indiana House to vote on gay marriage ban

Sun. February 13, 2011 1:57 PM by

Indianapolis, IN - The Indiana House is expected to vote as early as Monday on a resolution that aims to ban gay marriage in the state, the Associated Press reported.

The resolution cleared the House Judiciary Committee with a 8-4 vote on Monday, February 7.

It is Republicans' first attempt to define marriage as between a man and a woman in the Indiana Constitution since regaining control of the Legislature in November.

If approved by lawmakers and voters in 2014, House Joint Resolution 6 would ban gay marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships and any government recognition of gay and lesbian couples in the state.

Indiana law bans gay couples from marrying, but ban backers argue that courts could overturn the law.

At last week's hearing, Micah Clark of the American Family Association (AFA) urged lawmakers to approve the legislation: "People have the right to live as they choose, they have the right to be free, but two percent of the population does not have the right to redefine marriage for the rest of the state or the entire populations."

House Representatives P. Eric Turner, a Republican, and Dave Cheatham, a Democrat, are the primary sponsors of the measure.

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