INDIANAPOLIS | The Libertarian Party has emphatically denounced a proposal to add the state's existing ban on gay marriage and a new prohibition on civil unions to the Indiana Constitution.
Libertarian Chairman Dan Drexler said Thursday his party stands with Freedom Indiana and all other Hoosiers who don't want to see the state's primary governing document used to restrict individual liberty.
"Government does not have the authority to define, license or restrict personal relationships," Drexler said. "Consenting adults should be free to choose their own sexual practices and personal relationships."
The Republican-controlled General Assembly first approved the proposed amendment in 2011. If a majority in both the House and Senate vote for it next year, the amendment will go to Hoosier voters for ratification at the Nov. 4, 2014, election.
Drexler, who works in LaPorte County, said a Fort Wayne-area Tea Party group that claims the amendment must pass to preserve religious freedom doesn't understand what liberty is.
"Our Constitution was written to keep government in check," Drexler said. "Until we have the legislative support to remove government from intervening in personal relationships altogether, we must stand firm in our opposition to this amendment and any similar future efforts."
The Indiana Democratic Party also explicitly opposes the marriage amendment.
Hoosier Republicans in 2012 dropped from their platform support for defining marriage as only being between one man and one woman; they called instead for "strong families." The national Republican Party backs a federal constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-gender couples.