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More Hoosiers Favor Legalizing Gay Marriage Than In 2012

As Indiana‘s law on same-sex marriage is being challenged, public opinion on gay marriage appears to be heading in one direction.

HJR3 Supporters

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A group of HJR-3 supporters hold signs in favor of traditional marriage at the Indiana statehouse.

A Washington Post poll last week showed that for the first time, half of Americans believe that same-sex marriage is protected by the U.S. Constitution. A larger majority – 59% – said they were in favor of same-sex couples having the right to marry. The numbers are slightly lower in Indiana says the chairman of Ball State‘s political science department Joe Losco. He cites the most recent Hoosier Survey taken by Ball State‘s Center For Public Affairs in October 2013.

“In Indiana, 48 percent favored legalizing same-sex marriage,” says Losco. “Forty-five percent favored it in 2012, so a three-percentage point rise in one year.”

Losco says number of people who favor legalizing gay marriage has been growing steadily for years.

“It‘s been two and three points each year,” Losco said. “We‘re moving in the same direction (in Indiana), maybe at a little slower pace (than the nation),” said Losco.

Four same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit in New Albany on Friday challenging Indiana‘s gay marriage ban. Two of the couples were married in other states and want Indiana to recognize their marriage, while the other two would like to be married in Indiana.

Federal judges in several states have ruled against same-sex marriage bans on constitutional grounds ever since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year. One of the latest was Kentucky, where last month a judge ruled that the state had to recognize same-sex marriages from other states. Kentucky’s governor is appealing the ruling.

Last month, the General Assembly approved a resolution, known as HJR-3, in favor of a proposed state constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage on top of the existing state law. However, there will not be a referendum this November, since the resolution was amended from the one passed in 2011 to remove a ban on same-sex civil unions. The resolution cannot be sent to voters unless it passes in identical form in two separate legislative sessions.

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  • TexasThought

    Congrats, Indiana! I only wish my own state would move as fast!

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