INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Indiana’s House and Senate Democratic leaders are asking
their Republican counterparts to avoid a gay marriage battle during the 2014
House Minority Leader Scott Pelath and Senate Minority Tim Lanane said
Tuesday a fight on the highly charged issue would keep lawmakers from
addressing more important matters during their upcoming session. Lawmakers
returned Tuesday to the Capitol for a formal, one-day meeting before they
begin the 2014 session in January.
Social conservative groups are pushing lawmakers to write the state’s ban on
same-sex marriage into the state constitution. If they win passage during
the session, the issue would go to voters next November.
Opponents of the amendment who include members of the business and higher
education communities argue that it will paint Indiana as an unfriendly