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Sunday, February 02, 2014

10 years ago this week in the ILB

Howard Bashman's How Appealing has a post today on 10 years ago in his blog's history, and it is such a good idea the ILB is adopting it.

On Feb. 4, 2004
, the ILB had a post headed: "Indiana Law - Gay Marriage and Civil Unions Update." The post discusses the then-just decided Massachusetts Supreme Court decision in Goodridge, and then quotes from a Louisville Courier Journal story:

The Senate voted yesterday to amend the Indiana Constitution to ban same-sex marriages, but the proposal is unlikely to gain much traction in the House. The amendment, Senate Joint Resolution 7, passed 42-7. * * *

Indiana law already defines marriage as the legal union of one man and one woman. The state also passed a "defense of marriage" law in 1997 that says Indiana does not recognize same-sex marriages or civil unions that take place in other states.

But last year a group of homosexual couples sued the state, asking for the right to marry. A Marion Superior Court judge dismissed the case, saying state law defined marriage as one man and one woman, but the group has appealed. * * *

However, Democrats who control the Indiana House have refused to hear a similar proposal by state Rep. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, even though a majority of the chamber's members have signed on as co-authors.

House Rules Committee Chairman Scott Pelath, D-Michigan City, said the proposal "is not a priority" for the House. A handful of senators yesterday agreed.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on February 2, 2014 09:56 AM
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