Same Sex Marriage
Timing is everything. That's as true for politics and public policy as for everything else.
A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on gay marriage.
The same-sex marriage mill has been busy in Lake, LaPorte and Porter counties. Rural Jasper and Newton County officials still were waiting for their first couples, after a federal judge Wednesday ruled Indiana's ban on same-sex matrimony was unconstitutional.
A solid majority of Americans now support equal treatment for same-sex couples despite religious objections, according to the State of the First Amendment survey released last week by the First Amendment Center.
History was made Wednesday with the first legal marriages of gay and lesbian couples in Lake and Porter counties, just months after the Indiana General Assembly debated a constitutional prohibition against them.
Hours after a federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage, Highland residents Adam White and Eric Evans rushed into the Lake County clerk's office.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge Richard L. Young's ruling in three federal lawsuits found Indiana's ban against same-sex marriages unconstitutional.
The Times recently reported on a study that finds Indiana’s economy could benefit from millions in sales tax revenues by legal recognition of same-sex marriages. The study found caterers, banquet halls, florists, bakers, and photographers would realize $30.9 million in additional sales.
Same-sex couples married elsewhere but living in Indiana are in a legal limbo that needs to be resolved soon.
Several same-sex couples recently filed lawsuits seeking to strike down Indiana’s traditional marriage definition law. As Indiana's attorney general, I have been asked why my office is defending the statute in court when some AGs in other states are not defending their states’ traditional ma…
Region views on same-sex marriage
Pauline Wilson, Steger | "I think they should. What a person does is their business. It really doesn't matter to me."
Kunal Govani, Valparaiso | "Yes. I think it's a personal opinion on that. Government shouldn't have a say; it's a person's right. There's nothing wrong with being different."
Region views on same-sex marriages
Covin Yarnelle, Griffith | "We should legalize same-sex marriage in our own state because it's in direct conflict with the separation between church and state. Religious beliefs should not be involved."
Emil Govani, Valparaiso | "Indiana should be able to say whether they can marry or not. They should possess all of the civil rights as anyone else."
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