Local lawmakers split on marriage amendment

INDIANAPOLIS — Legislators who represent Hancock County are split so far on the marriage amendment that likely will be the most controversial issue in the Statehouse in the next three months.

The 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly begins Monday, and local lawmakers are preparing to file bills on issues ranging from alcohol sales to annexation.

But the resolution that would send the same-sex marriage constitutional amendment to voters is sure to be the most hotly debated issue of the session. Those who represent Hancock County are either undecided or split on how they will vote.

In the House, Rep. Bob Cherry, R-Greenfield, plans to vote in favor of the resolution, just as he did in 2011. Rep. Sean Eberhart, R-Shelbyville, plans to vote against it, while Sen. Mike Crider, R-Greenfield, is waiting to hear more from constituents and to see the final wording of the resolution before deciding.

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