Bloomington’s mayor presides over ceremonial marriages for same-sex couples

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February 1, 2013

Bloomington’s mayor presided over a wedding ceremony for same-sex couples Thursday night. “It’s time same-sex marriages be recognized by all,” Mayor Mark Kruzan said. Kruzan, along with other elected officials, participated in the ceremony. It was held at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater in Bloomington. The ceremony lasted about 20 minutes but does not have any legal binding in Indiana. “We’ve just gone through life together. It’s nice to have somebody to go through life with and Glenn and I have been a team for each other all these years,” James Doude said. Doude and Glenn Lassiter have been together more than 34 years. The couple had a civil union in New Jersey but their partnership is not recognized in Indiana. “To us, it’s (about) educating the public,” Lassiter said. The couple, along with the mayor and officials, wanted to protest a proposed constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriages. It is known as House Joint Resolution 6 or HJR6. “This ceremony and coming together of this moment is specifically important because I believe as a nation we stand at a turning point on this issue. “If Indiana is able to stop HJR6 and not have our constitution amended to ban same-sex marriage, I think the remaining states that are considering that are going to follow along with this,” said Danielle McClelland, Event Organizer.