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Indiana Assembly To Delay Vote On Marriage Equality Ban

State Seal of Indiana.

State Seal of Indiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma and Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long, both Republicans, announced that they will delay any action on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage until 2014. This will put it after any ruling regarding such amendments and the Defense of Marriage Act to come from the US Supreme Court.

The proposal would then have to go before the voters. Bosma stated, last week, that “Personally, I think it’s inadvisable to move forward with the United States Supreme Court having the issue before it.”

Of course, anti-gay advocates are not happy with this. The ill-named Advance America has condemned the move with their director, Eric Miller, stating “I think it’s important to let the people of Indiana know and let the Supreme Court know that Indiana is going to continue to move forward to protect marriage between a man and a woman.”

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One Response to Indiana Assembly To Delay Vote On Marriage Equality Ban

  1. Eugene Ramirez

    February 9, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Historically, more people have died in the “name of God” than any other way throughout mankind’s existence: from the Holy Inquisition, to the Crusades, to the Salem witch hunts, to African-American enslavement, and to the persecution of Jews for the last 1,000 years.

    All of the aforementioned was sanctioned and/or instigated by either the Christian or Catholic religion. Adolf Hitler even invoked the bible and pointed to a passage in the bible, in which, it says in the bible, verbatim, that Jews murdered Jesus Christ, and just a few hundred years ago, priests also used the bible to say that Whites were entitled to own Blacks as slaves.

    “Religious beliefs” have no basis or foundation from discriminating against someone, for we are a country founded on the separation of church and state. We certainly do not live under “theocratic rule,” so when people (who claim to be religious) spew their anti-gay nonsense, they need to understand that “The United States Constitution,” our sacred document, is the reason why Blacks and Whites were able to marry (after it was illegal for so long to do so), and it’s same the reason why, very soon, I’ll be able to marry the person I want because we are a class of protected citizens (who are protected from discrimination) just like everyone else.

    I certainly have the right to believe in their “selective” out-of-context biblical interpretation, and inversely, I have the right to reject that interpretation as well, and there are literally “hundreds” of religions in existence today, so whose to say this religious belief or that one is the only truth? Some denominations like “Jehovah’s Witnesses” believe that out of the 7 billion people who live on planet Earth, exactly only “144,000″ of them will make it to heaven and that the rest of the 7 billion people will perish in hell.

    My religion, spirituality, is the religion of love: love of mankind whether they are poor, gay, Black, rich, transgendered, Hispanic, disabled, White, straight, Asian, or bisexual, and although I am non-denominational, I am a spiritual person and I do believe in God. However, I choose not to affiliate myself with any particular religious denomination due to the outright hypocrisy of those “religious individuals” who point the finger to me, first, without pointing it at their own.

    With a divorce rate nationally at 50%, most heterosexuals continue to destroy the sanctity of marriage with marriages of convenience by marrying for money or opportunity instead of love, they have pre-marital sex outside of marriage, there is rampant adultery (a violation of a 10th Commandment by the way), and 1 out of every 3 straight women murder their babies through abortion in this country. Clearly, the “anti-gay” crowd has a lot to fix within their own heterosexual group, first, before citing biblical passages against us non-heterosexual persons.

    Moreover, those who “claim” to be religious individuals who are using religion as a divisive sword to divide, fear monger, and denounce, give those of us who also believe in God and equality for all, a bad name. The “anti-gay” crowd will continue to relish in their homophobia because they are afraid of “the other.” They are afraid to open their heart to see that we all want freedom and liberty and to live healthy and happy lives. Maybe one day they will come to understand that no matter who you are, you should be treated with dignity, compassion, and you should be affordable, just like others, the pursuit of happiness in your life no matter who you are.

    Finally, marriage equality is inevitable. In 1967, when the Supreme Court ruled that interracial marriage bans were unconstitutional, 72% of Americans were against “interracial marriage.” If that were put up to popular vote, in 1967, there is no doubt Americans would have voted against allowing Blacks and Whites to marry. Fortunately, as every year passes, more and more people support marriage equality. A (narrow) majority of Americans, now, support it, and we are on the right side of history while those who oppose marriage equality will be, not only a part of history, but also on the wrong side of history as well.

    Equality is a fundamental unalienable right to every American, and it’s only a matter of time that I will be able to marry the person I want to one day.

    Indeed, it’s only a matter of time.