STATUS: Anti-marriage law
TAKE ACTION: State advocacy groups are working toward fairness for all of Indiana's families by blocking attempts to write discrimination into the state constitution.
HISTORY: Every year since 2004, the Indiana state legislature has proposed or voted on a constitutional amendment to define marriage as a relationship between one man and one woman. Thanks to the tireless work of Indiana civil rights advocates, citizens, and legislators, each attempt to pass the constitutional amendment has failed.
Anti-gay groups in Indiana are continuing to work toward writing discrimination into the state's constitution. An Indiana state statute forbids the government from recognizing or performing marriages or other forms of union between same-sex couples.
GROUPS ACTIVELY WORKING ON MARRIAGE:
- Indiana Equality is a coalition of organizations from around the state that focus on ensuring basic human rights for Indiana's LGBT citizens.
- Freedom to Marry is the campaign to win marriage for same-sex couples nationwide.
- Human Rights Campaign is the United States' largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
RECENT POLLING: 54% of Indiana residents oppose changing the state constitution to bar gay couples from marrying, while just38% support doing so. (Bowen Center for Public Affairs at Ball State University and WISH-TV, December 2012)
NUMBER OF SAME-SEX COUPLES: According to The Williams Institute's analysis of the 2010 U.S. Census, 11,074 same-sex couples are living in Indiana, representing 4.4 same-sex couples per 1,000 households.
Blog Posts Related to Indiana
This week, two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Pete Visclosky (D-IN) and Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) announced their support for the freedom to marry for same-sex couples.
Today, legislative leaders from Indiana's House and Senate announced that they would not vote in 2013 on an anti-gay constitutional amendment that proposes to permanently limit the freedom to marry for same-sex couples. The move is the latest example of states in nearly every region of the country taking steps forward rather than backward on the freedom to marry.
This week, the political parties in Indiana have made adjustments to their views on the freedom to marry in their party platforms. It's one more example of how people across the country are moving toward support for marriage for all couples.
Resources Related to Indiana
Pew Poll Finds Growing Support for Freedom to Marry Among Evangelicals, Majority Support Among Youth
A comprehensive Pew poll found majority support for the freedom to marry among young people, college graduates and Catholics, with growing support among all other religious categories.
Demographic and economic information about same-sex couples and same-sex couples raising children in Indiana.
Groundbreaking research showing a huge increase in same-sex couples identifying themselves as "unmarried partners".