New Albany City Council approves resolution against gay marriage ban

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Posted on November 21, 2013 at 7:33 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 3:33 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—  New Albany city council Thursday night approved a proposed amendment against the state on gay marriage.

The resolution states that only marriage between one man and one woman will be recognized as a legitimate marriage in the state of Indiana.

A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.

Gay marriage is currently illegal in Indiana.

Larry Summers supports the council’s resolution to oppose the constitutional amendment and thinks it is unnecessary.

Below is our previously reported story.

 

From earlier:

NEW ALBANY, Ind. —  On Thursday night, Nov. 21, the New Albany City Council will vote on a resolution opposing an amendment to the Indiana constitution.

The Indiana House Joint Resolution, commonly called HJR-6, is causing a lot of dissension in the state. The proposed constitutional amendment states, “only a marriage between one man and one woman will be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”

“It's just inherently intolerant to put this in,” New Albany City Council member John Gonder said.

On Thursday night the New Albany City Council hopes to take a firm stance on how they feel about this proposed amendment. Councilman John Gonder says the proposal is a step back for the state.

“The force and the flow of history is toward tolerance and here we are making a statement of intolerance and trying to encapsulate it into the constitution, which is a bigger step than just passing a law that could be overridden,” Gonder said.

Currently gay marriage is illegal in Indiana. Gonder says they're not seeking to change that right now; but he thinks the amendment is unnecessary.

“Our law states that it's not legal and if that continues on the books—fine,” Gonder said. 

Gonder is worried because the amendment wouldn't just affect homosexuals; it could affect domestic partnerships and civil unions too. That's a red flag for Indiana residents we talked to. 

“People who are in a committed relationship deserve some kind of rights to have for one another; like being able to visit each other in the hospital or if one of them dies. I think [the amendment] is sick,” Loren Miller said.

The vote tonight is non-binding, but if the city council resolution opposing HJR-6 passes, supporters say it will be a moral victory.

“I think it's good as a protest vote. If nothing else, it's maybe good to take a stand any way you can,” Miller said. 

“I think it is also going to show lawmakers in Indianapolis that the general population does not want this to go through,” Humans Rights Commission member Brad Bell said.

The city council votes Nov. 21, Thursday, at 7:30pm.
 

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