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City Council passes resolution to oppose gay marriage ban

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The Evansville City Council took a stand Monday night against a proposed state constitutional amendment that would permanently define marriage as being between a man and a woman.

It's already against the law in Indiana for marriage to be anything other than a union between one man and one woman, but there's a push in the state to get that law written into the constitution.
   
It's known as HJR 6, and the council passed a resolution voicing its opposition to that measure.

 A large number of people attended the council meeting Monday night because of it. Several spoke out, not just about the resolution, but about the issue in general.
   
If Indiana lawmakers do decide to pass the measure, it would then have to be approved by voters. 

Some expressed that concern, while others praised the council for taking a stand against what they call discrimination.

"I am a lesbian and I've been in a committed relationship for five years. Although in this state, I may never be able to marry my partner, it is my hope that in the future this issue will be a non-issue and everybody can have the right to be happy," said one woman who spoke.

"The people should decide. We the People, that's what the constitution says. We the people would decide, not the judges and that's what we're asking for is to vote on this," another speaker said at Monday's meeting.

The resolution passed by the council simply allows it to take a stand on the issue. It does not change any laws.

Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke also recently spoke out against it.

If lawmakers pass the measure, it will go before voters next November.

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