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Indiana House passes ban on gay marriage

For the second time since 2005, the Indiana House has passed a constitutional ban on gay marriage.

The measure that would amend the state's founding document was overwhelmingly approved Tuesday on a vote of 70-26.

Similar resolutions have cleared the Republican-dominated Senate four times since 2005 but have died in the House -- the last time in 2010 -- which until this year was controlled by Democrats.


"The basic unit of society is the family, and the cornerstone of the family is marriage," said the resolution's author, Rep. Eric Turner, R-Marion. "Marriage is and should be between one man and one woman."

Every Republican but one -- Ed Clere, R-New Albany -- voted for the ban; 11 Democrats also voted for it.


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In 20 years, the people who voted for this bill are going to look like the George Wallace's of the early 21st century. When, in U.S. history, have people who sought to deny the extension of civil liberties to groups that have been the subject of discrimination and ridicule been proven right? The GOP's gay-bashing might get the base fired up, but it is going to come back to haunt them in the future.

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