Indianapolis City-County Council to vote on same-sex marriage ban proposal

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The Indianapolis City-County Council will make their voices heard on the proposed same-sex marriage amendment to the Indiana Constitution on Monday. A bipartisan group of councilors are sponsoring a non-binding resolution that states that they are opposed to the amendment.

“We’re talking about economics, fairness and being a welcoming state,” said Zach Adamson, a Democrat on the Indianapolis City County Council who is sponsoring the resolution.

The Indy Chamber and Indiana’s biggest employers like Eli Lilly and Cummins have already spoken out against the amendment. The companies helped launch an effort called Freedom Indiana in hopes of keeping the state’s ban on gay marriage out of the constitution.

“There is already an existing law, and it’s something where I feel it limits our ability to attract the best,” said Benjamin Hunter, a Republican councilor who is also sponsoring the resolution. He claims Indiana’s biggest city could lose the most economically if house joint resolution 6 passes. If it does, it will become a referendum on the November 2014 ballot.

“I think this is a phenomenally difficult issue for people, and a very personal one for each individual, and it’s up to each individual to form their own opinion, and reach out to their legislator,” said Aaron Freeman. The Republican city-county councilor said he does not think the council’s opinion is needed or will be considered by state leaders.

Freeman also said he intends to vote no to the resolution on Monday even though he believes it has majority support.

“We as representatives of the people have an obligation to voice our opinions on that, whatever that opinion may be,” said Adamson.

Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard signed the resolution ahead of the council vote on Friday. He has publicly spoken out against the amendment to the constitution.

“I understand that many people hold differing views on this subject, but Indiana law already defines marriage and I don’t see the overriding government interest in adding such an amendment to our state’s constitution,” said Mayor Ballard.  “Indy is renowned for its ‘Hoosier hospitality’ and working hard to attract new jobs and people to our city.  My hope is that we can continue to work together and focus on those things that make Indy a place where people want to live, work and raise a family.”