Bloomington’s mayor presides over ceremonial mass gay marriage

Bloomington’s mayor presided over a wedding ceremony for same-sex couples Thursday night.

“It’s time same-sex marriages be recognized by all,” Mayor Mark Kruzan said.

Kruzan, along with other elected officials, participated in the ceremony. It was held at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington. The ceremony lasted about 20 minutes but does not have any legal binding in Indiana.

“We’ve just gone through life together. It’s nice to have somebody to go through life with and Glenn and I have been a team for each other all these years,” James Doude said.

Doude and Glenn Lassiter have been together more than 34 years. The couple had a civil union in New Jersey but their partnership is not recognized in Indiana.

“To us, it’s (about) educating the public,” Lassiter said.

The couple, along with the mayor and officials, wanted to protest a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages. It is known as House Joint Resolution 6 or HJR6.

“This ceremony and coming together of this moment is specifically important because I believe as a nation we stand at a turning point on this issue.

“If Indiana is able to stop HJR6 and not have our constitution amended to ban same-sex marriage, I think the remaining states that are considering that are going to follow along with this,” said Danielle McClelland, Event Organizer.

Doude and Lassiter said they feel hurt and disappointed their relationship does not have the same rights as other couples.

“We feel the love and the life we’ve lived together is valid (and) is as worthy as a heterosexual (couple’s) life together. We feel like we’re entitled to those same benefits of that,” Doude said.

House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, said a decision will be made next week regarding the resolution and whether it will move forward or be pushed back until next year.

7 comments

  • Kim Jent

    I'm not surprised at all that my comment was 'deleted by the administration' before it even posted….hmmmm, no partiality toward one view or another huh?

    • Austin

      If you posted something hateful and it got deleted, then good on the person who deleted it. Your opinion is not so important that the rest of us have to read it or should even care. Let people live their lives. If you're not supportive but it doesn't affect you in any way, then we don't care what you have to say.

  • LGZ4Equality

    Thank you Mayor Kruzan and City and County Council Members!! I was there in the audience and the ceremony was very moving! Thank you for symbolically standing up for equal rights for *everyone* in Bloomington – and by extension across the country! As MLK said "the arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice".

  • Tim King

    Marriage=commitment to a loving, lifelong partnership. The direction the little arrow or 'plus'-sign doohickey points is inconsequential. Period.

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