As GOP goes quiet on gay marriage, Indiana Democrats use issue to raise money, support

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Democrats are using the issue of gay marriage to boost support going into the November general election.

The party was bolstered by victories at the Statehouse and in courts across the country this year.

Democratic Marion County Clerk Beth White says she's seen an increase in fundraising since she performed more than 300 same-sex weddings after a federal judge ruled Indiana's gay marriage ban was unconstitutional. She hopes that helps her campaign to unseat Republican Secretary of State Connie Lawson.

Two openly gay candidates are relying on a network of volunteers that sprang up from a Statehouse battle over a constitutional ban on gay marriage to aid their challenges of incumbent legislators.

Republicans have been largely silent on the issue as they await the outcome of court challenges.

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