Gay marriage battle makes for odd political pairings

INDIANAPOLIS - The battle over amending Indiana's constitution to ban gay marriage is splitting pretty clearly along ideological lines, but making for some odd pairings of otherwise partisan foes.

Opponents of placing the state's gay marriage ban in the constitution announced this week they had hired a Democratic Party field director to work underneath Republican campaign manager Megan Robertson.

Supporters of the amendment are meanwhile counting conservative and rural Democrats to bolster their already-strong support among Republicans.

Robertson said her group is reaching out to Republicans and Democrats of all stripes ahead of the coming fight. But Democratic Rep. Terry Goodin of Crothersville said he and other rural Democrats will likely be voting with Republicans in favor of the amendment.

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