More Political Groups Join Marriage Amendment Debate

The Libertarian Party said today it would oppose a constitutional ban on gay marriage in Indiana, but a Tea Party group also said this week it would support it.

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Two more political groups have jumped into the fray over Indiana’s proposed constitutional amendment that would define marriage as only between a man and a woman.

Both are independent parties, and they are on opposite sides of the debate.

Northern Indiana Tea Party group Kosciusko County Silent NO More announced its support for the marriage amendment Wednesday. Cofounder Monica Boyer frames the group’s stance on the issue around religious freedom and individual rights.

“Currently, in all 50 states, homosexuals are free to buy property together, they’re free to share assets, they’re free to do all of that. What they should not have the right to do is change the definition of marriage for the rest of Indiana,” Boyer said.

The Libertarian Party of Indiana announced its opposition to the amendment Friday. Chairman Dan Drexler goes so far as to say that the Tea Party group is misinterpreting religious freedom.

“If they truly would like to look at religious freedoms, they would be expanding this and allowing any church that wants to recognize same-sex marriage to be joined in their church,” Drexler said. “That’s the definition of religious freedom.”

Groups that have expressed support or opposition in the last few months range from pastors to universities to corporations. Legislators have already approved the measure once. If they approve it again this year, it will be placed on the November 2014 ballot.

Jashin Lin

Jashin Lin is a reporter/videographer for WFIU and WTIU news. She has previously worked as a videographer/web producer for MO.gov and as a reporter/videographer for the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She studied multimedia journalism and information technology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. You can follow her on Twitter @jashinlin.

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