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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - "Bloomington mayor to preside at same-sex weddings as protest" [Updated]

This story, written by Jill Disis, was posted this morning on the IndyStar site. Some quotes:

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan is conducting a wedding ceremony Thursday for more than a dozen LGBT couples, in a move meant to protest a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage. * * *

Indiana does not currently recognize same-sex unions. A proposal for a constitutional amendment banning such marriages passed both Indiana's House and Senate in 2011.

Some readers may remember that Gavin Newsom, currently Lt. Gov. of California, did something similar in 2004. From Wikipedia:
In 2004, [when he was mayor of San Francisco,] Newsom gained national attention when he directed the San Francisco city-county clerk to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, in violation of the current state law. In August 2004, the Supreme Court of California annulled the marriages that Newsom had authorized, as they conflicted with state law at that time. Still, Newsom's unexpected move brought national attention to the issues of gay marriage, solidifying political support for Newsom in San Francisco and in the gay community.
No mention in the Star story of marriage licenses, however.

[Updated at 7:12 PM]
The Bloomington Herald-Times has a longer, more informative story, reported by Jon Blau. A few quotes:
Mayor Mark Kruzan will officiate a symbolic marriage of dozens of gay couples during Bloomington’s PRIDE LGBTQ Film Festival, according to Adam Wason, a spokesperson for the mayor. The event, which will follow film presentations at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, begins at 10 p.m. Thursday during the opening night of the festival.

“I’m sad that this has to be done symbolically,” Kruzan said. “Years in the future we will look back on this time in our history and this issue and wonder why we would be against equality.”

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 29, 2013 12:13 PM
Posted to Indiana Government