Opponents of proposed gay marriage ban focusing on wording of measure



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GREENFIELD — House Speaker Brian Bosma says Indiana’s gay marriage battle is bound to wind up in court regardless of what happens early next week when the full House considers the constitutional ban.

Bosma, R-Indianapolis, found himself front and center on the issue this week when he maneuvered the bill from one committee to another in order to get it before the full House.

Now, Bosma, who  represents the northwestern part of Hancock County, says it’s hard to tell what will happen with the controversial issue next week, let alone where it could go in the long run.

“If we enact the measure, there will be court action on it,” said Bosma, who also is an attorney. “If we don’t enact the measure, there will be, I believe, an immediate lawsuit to overturn the statute. It probably doesn’t matter what we do here. I think someone is going to take this to court.”

State law already defines marriage as between one man and one woman. The proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage would solidify the issue, making it harder to overturn it in court.

While the ban is still perceived to have strong support in the GOP-controlled House, it would also have to be approved by the state Senate before it goes before all voters this November.

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