The House passed HJR 6 which constitutionally mandates discriminatory treatment for gays with respect to not only marriage but also legal statuses for unmarried people that are “substantially similar” to that of marriage.
Here is the roll call. This was a bipartisan effort. Notably, House Minority Leader Pat Bauer voted for the measure.
Update: I’ll just go ahead and add a few thoughts I’ve posted in various discussions I’ve had since this vote was taken. None of it is new, I don’t think. I’ve expressed them in these parts before. But, they bear repeating.
I’m a little struck by how much my own feelings on this issue have progressed. Until about ’92, I guess I was pretty flat out anti-gay. Then, I was indifferent. Then, I figured civil unions but not marriage. Now, all of those positions seem benighted to me. I think sexual orientation (straight or gay) is just how you’re born. It’s who you are. And, now I have close friends who I know to be gay. (Had some of ’em before, just didn’t know their orientation). It strikes me as fundamentally unfair to deny them the basic right of organizing their family in the same way I get to do.
In addition, I don’t get why “traditional marriage” needs to be “defended” from this or how this serves a defensive purpose. It’s not as if I’m any less married if the gay couple down the street get to commit to each other. We’re not going to run out of marriage. I don’t see how allowing gay marriage picks my pocket or breaks my leg (to paraphrase Jefferson). And, it’s not about one’s belief that marriage equality is “wrong.” It prohibits those who think it is right from enjoying the legal benefits of marriage. It further prohibits future General Assemblies from deciding that gay Hoosiers ought to have access to such legal benefits. These prohibitions can’t be chalked up to a simple difference of opinion in an “agree to disagree” fashion. It’s not as if we’re attempting to prohibit mandatory gay marriage.