From the February 22, 2011 South Bend Tribune:
Given the important issues facing the Indiana General Assembly — the budget, education and redistricting, just to name a few — it would behoove members to focus on the pressing matters that demand their attention.
Instead, an unnecessary resolution banning same-sex marriage in the state is on its way to the Senate after being approved by the House last week.
Sponsored by Rep. Eric Turner, R-Marion, House Joint Resolution 6 includes language that only marriage between one man and one woman is valid in Indiana. It also prohibits civil unions by stating that a legal status "substantially similar" to marriage for unmarried people is not valid. If approved by the General Assembly this year and in either 2013 or 2014, it will be placed on the ballot. Voters would then decide whether the ban should be added to the constitution.
As we have stated before about other similar proposed amendments in previous sessions, H.J.R. 6 is not needed. State law already bans same-sex marriage and has been affirmed by the state Court of Appeals.
What's more, legislators ought to be thinking long and hard before putting new legislative and policy restrictions into the state constitution, where they will live on forever, in spite of the consequences. Michigan's constitutionally mandated gay marriage ban has been divisive, with legal battles over health insurance benefits for same-sex partners.
Both sides of the issue say that the debate is being driven by a small minority. Legislators were sent to Indianapolis to handle the people's business, not fashion unnecessary legislation that could end up doing more harm than good. Indiana doesn't need H.J.R. 6.