Same-sex marriage protesters disrupt vote

The state Senate Judiciary committee voted 7-4 today to approve an amendment to the Indiana Constitution banning same-sex marriages, but not before a bit of a protest from spectators in the galleries. Full Story
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Irony

United States

#3 Jan 31, 2007
One guy goes to the Statehouse to stand up for what he feels are his civil rights.

Another guy posts anonymous, vague threats on an Internet message board.

I have to agree. Browning is the tough guy of the two.
Dont Point If You Dont Do

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Jan 31, 2007
Hey Sarge...No one has to be married in a church. Only Christians get married in a church. Gays are not ruining the state, segregationists are.
nick360

Louisville, KY

#5 Jan 31, 2007
Sarge: Since when was a church the ONLY place couples could be married? No one's telling churches they have to marry couples who they have a 'religious' objection to. People are simply asking that our government not tell them they have no rights because of a politicians personal religious beliefs.
Jay

Auburn Hills, MI

#6 Jan 31, 2007
Typical liberal spoilsports. If they don't get their way, they create a disturbance.
not so fast

Indianapolis, IN

#7 Jan 31, 2007
Sarge wrote:
Hey Browning...You want to get cocky..Come confront the overwhelming majority of the people of this state who want you GONE, tough guy...Why should a church have to marry you if its against their beliefs? because you think they are "mean"??? Screw you..Go ruin another state...
Hey genius, it is not about church marriage-- it's about having the same fundamental rights as anyone else in this state. Bless you, Bil Browning, for your (and IAN's) efforts to fight SJR7.
Mike in Greenwood

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Jan 31, 2007
The great problem here is that the folks who claim to be under attack are trying to take something that is "mine".

I am married. I am a man and my spouse is a woman. Anyone who wants to be "married" can be if they meet certain prerequisites. If you try to change the prerequisites, you alter my status by dilution and I simply won't let that happen quietly.

The, uh, poor folks who feel attacked by our unwillingness to let them use our status should go find their own word and pursue getting rights and priviledges attached to it.

Heck, much of the work is done for them since partnerships are already recognized by the state --- they are a common way of structuring businesses. Some rights exist and some tax issues are already resolved so go ahead!

Don't want to be a partnership? Let us know and I'm sure we can help find another word for ya!
Troy

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Jan 31, 2007
Sarge, Churches don't have to marry straight folks, interracial folks, anyone if they don't want to, never have, never will--a little something called separation of church and state. This is about all families being able to protect themselves. But don't worry, moving away from this ridiculous place is exactly what our family intends to do.

Sopot

Western Springs, IL

#12 Jan 31, 2007
A majority of states already have constitutional amendments in place preventing already illegal homosexual "marriage."

Indiana is only one of a number of additional states with such amendments in process.
Patrick

Louisville, KY

#11 Jan 31, 2007
Sarge....as usual, the conservative spokesperson (you) have it wrong. Nobody's saying your church HAS to marry anyone. There will be plenty of churches that will do it. What are you afraid of??? I wonder what you would do if YOU were the one being unfairly oppressed and discriminated against? Get out your gun? A little protest isn't hurting anyone. It's the American way. So, to use your own words: "screw you."
John

Piscataway, NJ

#13 Jan 31, 2007
Sarge: A church doesn't have to marry gay people; the government does, if it wants to recognize marriages.Good for the protesters. See, it's starting. Give gay people the rights they deserve or things may get worse. There were riots over racial equality in the 60s. Why should gays act any differently in the face of bigotry and discrimination?
GODzilla_138

Indianapolis, IN

#14 Jan 31, 2007
Hey Sarge...a church does not "have" to marry anyone it does not want to, brain wave. By the way, who hurts the institution of marriage more, a gay couple or Britney Spears?
Right Wing Nut Jobs

Indianapolis, IN

#15 Jan 31, 2007
This backwards, "Red" state is a joke. I hope everyone who agrees with this amendment has at least one gay child that they can outcast. What does it matter what people do. Spend more time worrying about yourselves and less time on what others may or may not be doing with their own lives. Stupid hill-jacks.
Irish

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jan 31, 2007
The second part of the amendment is very concerning:

"This Constitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to require that marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups".

Why is this amendment being written in such broad terms to destroy our domestic violence laws for non-married couples, etc.?
tim

United States

#17 Jan 31, 2007
who really cares if gays get married it wont affect anyone else one way or another
Dan

Indianapolis, IN

#19 Jan 31, 2007
Poor, uninformed Sarge. A large majority of Hoosiers actually support non-discrimination. And SJR7 has nothing to do with church marriage. It's civil/state-sanctioned marriage. But SJR7 goes way past prohibiting civil marriage. It also prohibits any form of civil union (BTW, Gov. Daniels, Vice-President Cheney, and President Bush ALL support civil unions). The ramifications of such a mean-spirited amendment are already being felt in Ohio and Michigan. It will apply not only to same-sex couples, but also unmarried opposite-sex couples. Sarge, learn the facts before criticizing the messenger.
Stop being Polite

Pendleton, IN

#20 Jan 31, 2007
It is time to stop being polite...
I was escorted out of the City County Council Meeting here last year when a City County Councilman, after having lost, vowed to "change the rules" so that he and his could have their way next time.
The Rethugs are back to their old tricks this year, but IT SHALL NOT AVAIL THEM!
The far right seems to think we are all swishy, lispy stereotypes who cry over a broken nail. I don't think so.
Dana Curtis Kincaid
Youngen

Jacksonville, FL

#21 Jan 31, 2007
Do we SERIOUSLY have nothing better to do than legislate against stuff you cant do anyway? Jesus, people!! Get your heads out of your rears and prehaps solve some REAL problems, instead of just telling 2 people that love each other that they cant join their lives together. It should have nothing to do with religion or anything else you moral-spasmic people seem to have issues with.

UGH! I wish people could just stop being so incredily stupid.
D in Indy

Indianapolis, IN

#22 Jan 31, 2007
Personally, I'm tired of people trying to force their beliefs on me. Just because YOUR version of your religion says something is wrong, doesn't mean that all of them do.

And doesn't the legislature have better things to do than waste their time on an issue that's already been legislated? Oh, you want to constitutionalize discrimination, JUST IN CASE, someone down the road decides to overturn the law? Guess what, down the road, they might repeal your amendment too.
Debby

Chicago, IL

#23 Jan 31, 2007
I'm sickened by the hate this action displays. The legislators can dress it up in fancy language, but the reality of it is displayed on this board. If you make it to heaven to be judged, enjoy hell since you've decided to be the judge yourself and hate others.
GayJay

Greenwood, IN

#24 Jan 31, 2007
Mike in Greenwood wrote:
The great problem here is that the folks who claim to be under attack are trying to take something that is "mine".
Yeah and you're taking something that is mine. That is my freedom and rights that this country was built on...Or at least I thought it was.

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