"Only a marriage between one (1) man and one (1) woman shall be valid or recognized as marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized."Previously, the amendment stated:
The change was due to past complaints that the amendment might bar businesses from granting benefits to partners of gay employees.
"Marriage in Indiana consists only of the union of one man and one woman. This constitution or any other Indiana law may not be construed to require that the marital status or the legal incidents of marriage be conferred upon unmarried couples or groups."
Of course, same sex marriages are already illegal in Indiana. Proponents want the ban enshrined in the constitution in case a court might later find the Indiana statutory ban unconstitutional.
People who know me know that I am both conservative economically but socially as well. When it comes to the issue of abortion, I am on the pro-life side not because of my religious beliefs (Catholic) but because medical science has demonstrated beyond a doubt that a fetus is a distinct, individual human being. Accepting the absolute abortion on demand position advocated by the pro-choice forces requires turning a blind eye to the realities of pre-natal life, and pretending that there is only the interest of one human being who should be considered. At some point government does have a responsibility to step in and protect that unborn human life.
But I digress. The issue of a ban on same-sex marriage is one this conservative has trouble caring about. I don't see how same-sex marriage somehow threatens the institution of marriage. I would think a heterosexual father (or mother) constantly cheating on his spouse and passing down the harm that infidelity causes to the children would be a far greater danger to the institution of marriage than the state allowing same-sex couples to be married. They, after all, should have the joy of experiencing the unpleasantry of divorce just like heterosexual couples.
I am, however, more than willing to listen to my fellow conservatives tell me why I should be concerned about the threat of same sex unioins to the institution of marriage. Begin the convincing.