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Court Rulings Seen As Positive By Hoosiers On Both Sides

People on both sides of Indiana’s same sex marriage debate say Wednesday’s Supreme Court rulings are good news for Hoosiers.

  • Henry Fernandez

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    Indianapolis resident Henry Fernandez was one of the dozens who joined the marriage equality rally Wednesday at the Statehouse.

  • Same sex marriage at a rally in Rachael's Cafe.

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    Same sex marriage supporters held a rally at Rachael's Cafe in Bloomington Wednesday evening.

  • Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan stands in front of Rachael's Cafe.

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    Photo: Simon Thompson / WFIU-WTIU

    Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan stands in front of Rachael's Cafe at the same sex marriage rally on Wednesday.

The east side of the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday evening was dominated by rainbows – rainbow banners, flags, t-shirts and signs, all trumpeting victories for same sex marriage at the Supreme Court.

Indianapolis resident Henry Fernandez was one of the dozens who joined the marriage equality rally. While waving his rainbow flag at passing cars, he says now is more than just a time to celebrate.

“Also a time to tell the Republicans here in the Statehouse that they should listen to folks like us because they’re going to be on the losing side of history soon,” Fernandez says.

Though one of the Supreme Court’s decisions forces the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage, the Court largely left the question of defining marriage to the states.

Indiana Family Institute President Curt Smith says that’s why Hoosiers who believe in traditional marriage should see the rulings as good news.

“I don’t want to be so naïve as to say that the federal decision on the federal statute doesn’t complicate the larger policy picture,” Smith says. “But here in Indiana, Hoosier citizens will decide what marriage is in our state – not courts and not activists.”

In Bloomington last night, a crowd gathered at Rachael’s Café after heavy rain threatened to prevent their rally.

Though one of the Supreme Court’s decisions forces the federal government to recognize same-sex marriage, the Court largely left the question of defining marriage to the states.

But rally-goers like Bloomington Resident Rick Stark weren’t disheartened.

“It means that if those decisions go through and that if I do get married one day, the federal government will recognize that and I will be equal in the eyes of the federal government. And that is incredible.”

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan says while the reversal of DOMA has given marriage equality traction, it doesn’t mean much in Indiana.

“Despite the good news and the silver lining of the day, there is this dark cloud of reality that does nothing for individuals in the state of Indiana.”

Republican legislative leaders say they plan to move forward with a constitutional amendment next session that would ban same sex marriage.

Indiana Speaker of the Indiana House Brian Bosma says the gay marriage amendment could go to Hoosier voters as early as the November 2014 general election.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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