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Bloomington City Council Passes Marriage Equality Resolution

Those who attended Wednesday's City Council meeting gave a standing ovation to the council after it passed the resolution.

The Bloomington City Council officially took a stance last night against a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage as between a man and a woman

The council unanimously passed a resolution that supports marriage equality and calls for the repeal of the current state statute banning same-sex marriage.

The resolution is co-sponsored by council members Susan Sandberg, Tim Mayer and Darryl Neher and focuses primarily on the harm House Joint Resolution No. 6 could do to both civil liberties and the economic future of Bloomington.

“This is an opportunity,” councilmember Sandberg said as she read from the city’s resolution. “By supporting equality, Indiana has the opportunity to enhance our economic competitiveness, support Hoosier families and be on the right side of history.”

Several community members spoke in favor of the resolution and offered a standing ovation following the vote.  No one in attendance spoke in opposition of the resolution.

Having been with her partner for more than 20 years, Bloomington resident Glorianne Leck is a longtime advocate for a change in the legislation.

“That’s really important for us economically. There are all these benefits that heterosexual couples get that we haven’t been able to get, and it is a stabilizing factor for all of us that are of that different persuasion,” Leck said.

Bloomington Mayor Mark Kruzan also denounced HRJ-6 earlier this week, citing its discriminatory provisions.

“HJR-6, in addition to being an unnecessary infringement of basic rights, threatens the business-friendly reputation of Indiana cities,” Kruzan said in a statement to Freedom Indiana, the bipartisan, grassroots movement created to oppose the measure.

The city plans to send a copy of the resolution to Gov. Mike Pence, the Indiana General Assembly and the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce.

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