Hoosiers Weigh Same-Sex Marriage Debate

Same-Sex Marriage, Civil Unions Illegal In Indiana

Hoosiers weighed both sides of the same-sex marriage debate Wednesday after President Barack Obama announced that he believed same-sex couples should have the right to marry.

Rick Sutton, president of Indiana Equality Action, said the announcement was something he wouldn’t soon forget.

“It was overwhelming. It’s been a long time coming. It was one of those moments you'll always remember where you were when you heard it,” Sutton said.

Eric Miller, founder of Advance America, thought the announcement was memorable for a different reason, RTV6's Jenna Kooi reported.

“It's tragic that the president of the United States would take a position that is detrimental, we believe, to families of Indiana,” Miller said. "Now, because of what the president's done, it will force Hoosiers to start asking their candidates for U.S. Senate and Congress to protect marriage between a man and woman."

Sutton said he hoped the announcement would help to change Indiana’s outlook on same-sex marriage.

Currently, same-sex marriage and civil unions are illegal in Indiana, and legislators are working to make the ban part of the state Constitution.

A constitutional amendment passed the Legislature last year, but it must pass the Legislature again in 2013 or 2014 before it’s approved by a voter referendum to take effect.

“We’re not going to give up that fight, because we can't afford to,” Sutton said. “The people who feel threatened by this, we just have to ask them, ‘What are you scared of?’"

“To say that homosexual marriages are the same as marriage between a man and a woman, it is to elevate homosexual marriage to a position where they are acceptable and normal, and that's just not right,” Miller said.

President Obama will discuss his announcement further on Thursday with Robin Roberts on "Good Morning America."

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