New Coalition To Push Gay Marriage In Indiana
By Mike Perleberg
(Undated) – A new group is forming with the goal of bringing marriage equality to Indiana.
Hoosiers Unite for Marriage is planning its official launch Wednesday. The newly-formed coalition plans to send petitions to Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller asking him to stop backing the current Indiana law banning gay marriage.
The self-described grassroots campaign to win same-sex marriage in the Hoosier state was formed by organizations including the ACLU of Indiana, Liberty Indiana, and national group Freedom to Marry. Hoosiers United for Marriage’s Facebook page introduced Monday has gained more than 1,500 fans as of Wednesday morning.
Group director Kyle Megrath told the Associated Press that Hoosiers Unite for Marriage is “a natural progression from all the momentum” built when a proposed state constitutional ban on gay marriage was defeated in the Republican supermajority statehouse earlier this year.
Megrath said the coalition won’t support legislation or political candidates, but will work to spread support for gay marriage through community meetings, petitions and other activities, according to the AP.
There are currently several cases in federal court challenging Indiana’s marriage law which – like those in many states – are likely to be settled in a probable U.S. Supreme Court ruling. In May, a U.S. District Court judge extended a temporary restraining order requiring the state to recognize the out-of-state marriage of a lesbian couple because one of the women has terminal cancer.