Politics
1:56 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Indiana Democratic Leaders to GOP: Let's Avoid Gay Marriage Fight

The Indiana statehouse

Indiana’s House and Senate Democratic leaders are asking their Republican counterparts to avoid a gay marriage battle during the 2014 session.

House Minority Leader Scott Pelath and Senate Minority Tim Lanane said a fight on the highly charged issue would keep lawmakers from addressing more important matters during their upcoming session. Lawmakers returned Tuesday to the Capitol for a formal, one-day meeting before they begin the 2014 session in January.

Social conservative groups are pushing lawmakers to write the state’s ban on same-sex marriage into the state constitution. If they win passage during the session, the issue would go to voters next November.

Opponents of the amendment who include members of the business and higher education communities argue that it will paint Indiana as an unfriendly state.