Residents speak out about gay marriage amendment

Residents speak out about gay marriage amendment

The vote on a proposal to amend Indiana's Constitution to ban gay marriage has been delayed.

After more than three hours of testimony from both sides, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Greg Steuerwald delayed the vote. The amendment known as HJR-3 would ban gay marriage and anything similar to gay marriage.

If it passes, the issue will be on the ballot in November for voters to decide its fate.

Evansville resident Alex Jarvis and his husband, Robert, tell 14 News that they went to Iowa to get married and are hopeful lawmakers will vote against the ban.

"Indiana already has a law forbidding same sex marriage on the books and has had one for many years. This whole exercise is futile and redundant. However, it's anti-family. It's an anti-family agenda. It will send a message to the outside world, the nation as a whole that majority of Americans are moving one way and Indiana is moving back," Alex says.

"I protect. It's what I do. I have to live each and every day knowing that no matter what I do, I can't make my family completely safe," says Evansville Police Sergeant Karen Kajmowicz.

Kajmowicz testified in opposition of the ban in Indianapolis.

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