Marriage battle makes for odd political pairings


by Tom LoBianco

Associated Press

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 11:47 PM

   INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- The battle over amending Indiana's constitution to ban gay marriage is splitting pretty clearly along ideological lines, but making for some odd pairings of otherwise partisan foes.
   Opponents of placing the state's gay marriage ban in the constitution announced this week they had hired a Democratic Party field director to work underneath Republican campaign manager Megan Robertson.
   Supporters of the amendment are meanwhile counting conservative and rural Democrats to bolster their already-strong support among Republicans.
   Robertson said her group is reaching out to Republicans and Democrats of all stripes ahead of the coming fight. But Democratic Rep. Terry Goodin of Crothersville said he and other rural Democrats will likely be voting with Republicans in favor of the amendment.

 An explosion leveled a Stamford, Conn., home today, reducing it to rubble and sending debris flying hundreds of feet away, officials said.

The two-story contemporary style home with a pool house in the upscale community of North Stamford was completely leveled by the blast, which was reported around 1:55 p.m., according to WABC.

The homeowner was in the backyard of the home at the time of the blast and is being treated for minor injuries, authorities said. No one is believed to have been inside the home at the time of the explosion.

Stamford Mayor Michael Pavia said a 500-gallon propane tank near the home was being eyed as a possible cause of the blast, However, the incident remains under investigation, he said.

The 6,000-square-foot house was purchased in 2006 for $1.1 million by Giuseppe Cardillo, according to the Stamford assessor's office.

Buildings department officials were dispatched to the neighborhood after the blast to conduct precautionary evaluations of nearby homes, according to WABC-TV.