Indiana Legislators Introduce Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

A Republican and Democrat State Representative will stand together today in the Indiana State house and introduce a bill that would change the state constitution so that it defines marriage as between a man and a woman, a further sign that the battle over gay marriage is spreading to even the flattest, most uninteresting parts of the country.

In a prepared press release, the Alliance Defense Fund, a supporter of the bill, writes:

“Alliance Defense Fund Senior Legal Counsel Austin R. Nimocks will participate in a press conference Monday when Indiana legislators will announce introduction of a proposed amendment to the state constitution that will protect marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Nimocks will speak and be available to answer questions from the media.

“Judges and politicians should never impose a system that knowingly deprives a child of a mom and a dad. A constitutional amendment is the best way to ensure marriage is protected from activism, as has been demonstrated in the 30 other states that have adopted one,” said Nimocks.”

It’s already illegal for gays and lesbians to marry in Indiana, but out of fear that the Supreme Court might rule that the current ban is unconstitutional, the legislators are hoping to change the Constitution itself.

28 states have constitutional amendments which ban gay marriage, most of them passed shortly after the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act, which,on the federal level, defined marriage as being between a man and a woman. Adding Indiana to the list is obviously something that should be fought, but more and more, these decisions to enshrine bigotry into the Constitution seem like acts of desperation against a turning tide.