Annette Gross

No Love Songs for Indiana Yet

Filed By Annette Gross | April 18, 2013 4:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: constitutional amendment, gay marriage, Indiana, Joe Donnelly, marriage equality, New Zealand, same-sex marriage

While we are watching other states in our country as well as other countries around the globe embrace marriage equality, here in Thumbnail image for Indiana U Haul graphic 135good ole Indiana we are still fighting a state constitutional ban of same-sex marriage.

Today I saw a video taken as the New Zealand Parliament voted 77-44 to approve marriage equality. Following the vote, the spectators in the gallery and some of the lawmakers broke into a New Zealand love song called "Pokarekare Ana." I watched this with tears running down my face - first, because I was so happy for the people of New Zealand, but also because I am so extremely frustrated by what is happening here in Indiana.

It seems that every day another state and another country is joining the other states and countries that realize that everyone deserves the right to legally be with the person they love. I don't want to come off as sour grapes - I honestly am happy that marriage equality is moving forward - faster than I ever expected - but every time I read another story, I feel as if Indiana is going nowhere fast and we will be left behind.

Will we be a small pocket of intolerance as the rest of the world embraces equality?

Indiana is still facing the possibility of having discrimination written into its state constitution. HJR-6 says:

"Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall 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."

We all know what the first sentence means. But, no one knows what the second sentence is really about. Would it ban civil unions and domestic partnerships? What would happen to corporations who offer their employees domestic partnership benefits? This bill has the potential to cause a lot of problems and open up a huge can of worms!

So as marriage equality takes root all around us, and even though our own Senator Joe Donnelly came out in favor of same-sex marriage, Indiana faces the prospect of going backwards and denying same-sex couples the ability to love and care for their families legally.

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