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Poll: Majority Of Hoosiers Oppose Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

Eli Lilly Corporate Responsibility Director Robert Smith speaks against an anti-gay marriage amendment at an Aug. 21 rally in Indianapolis.

A majority of Hoosiers say using a constitutional amendment to deal with same sex marriage is the wrong course according to a new poll released Tuesday.

Freedom Indiana’s poll, conducted by former Mitch Daniels-pollster Christine Matthews, says 64 percent of Hoosiers don’t think amending the state constitution is the right way to deal with same sex marriage.

Lawmakers must approve the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage next session for it to appear on the ballot next fall.

If the marriage ban does go before voters, Freedom Indiana’s poll says 46 percent would oppose it, compared to 43 who would support it.

Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson says her organization is focused on convincing lawmakers to halt the amendment’s progress. She says while the poll will help, it won’t be able to convince legislators on its own.

“Hearing from me is not what’s going to sway these folks,” she says. “It’s hearing from folks in their district who say, ‘I don’t support this amendment,’ or, further, ‘I hope you vote against this amendment and, if you do, I’m going to be there to support you.’

American Family Association of Indiana Executive Director Micah Clark says if Freedom Indiana really thought a majority Hoosiers opposed the same sex marriage ban, they would not be pressing lawmakers to oppose it.

“But the fact is they don’t want it put to a vote,” he says. “They want to stop it in the legislature and prevent Hoosiers from voting on this.  This issue is for the people of Indiana to decide.”

Senate Republicans met Tuesday to discuss the marriage amendment.  In a statement, Senate President Pro Tem David Long said the internal discussions of his caucus are private and would not comment on the poll.

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