Indiana legislator introduces cruel anti-marriage equality legislation

Rep. Eric Turner, an Indiana lawmaker, has introduced a bill in the state assembly that would not only define marriage as the union between one man and one woman, but would also remove any protection LGBT couples currently have under Indiana law. The cruel intent of the bill will probably be the only thing to stop its passage. Indiana already has a ban on marriage equality but Turner's bill would force the citizens of Indiana to vote on a state constitutional ban on marriage equality.

"A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized," the bill also states-effectively barring future civil unions or domestic partnerships even for opposite sex couples. Opponents of same-sex marriage have often supported legal protections for same-sex couples but objected to the use of the word "marriage", often on religious grounds. In any poll over the past five years or more, rarely do a significant number of opponents wholly reject legal protections for same-sex couples.

Indiana voters support marriage equality by a slim margin: 48- 46, according to an October poll last year by Princeton Survey Research Associates International for Ball State University. That same poll also found that a great majority oppose adding a ban to marriage equality into the state constitution. 57.5% opposing amendment, while a mere 38.1% support it.

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