By Mike Perleberg
(Indianapolis, Ind.) - A new poll suggests Hoosiers are split when it comes to passing a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.
Freedom Indiana is a pro-gay marriage political action committee formed last month. The organization released a poll Tuesday showing 46 percent of Hoosier are against a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Forty-three percent of those polled said they are in favor of a gay marriage ban.
About 64 percent said a constitutional ban is the wrong way to deal with the issue. Indiana’s constitution already defines marriage as between one man and one woman.
The amendment previously passed the Indiana legislature in 2012. It must pass at the statehouse once again in 2014 before it can go to Indiana voters in November 2014. Between now and then, voices on each side of the argument are certain to get louder.
Freedom Indiana campaign manager Megan Robertson said the poll numbers show residents feel a marriage amendment would send the wrong message about the state known for its Hoosier hospitality.
“The message from these results is clear: Hoosiers overwhelmingly support some legal recognition for same-sex couples, and they oppose amending the Indiana Constitution to address the issue of same-sex marriage and rights,” said.
Eric Miller, founder of Advance America, an organization supporting the constitutional amendment to protect traditional marriage says the lobbying efforts by Freedom Indiana proves they are concerned the amendment will pass.
“It sends a signal to me and tells me that if they really thought the public was going to vote against the constitutional amendment to protect marriage, they wouldn’t be trying to kill this in the legislature,” Miller said.
State Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) says he's against the issue, but sees greater public acceptance of same-sex marriages.
“The people want to have a vote on this and that’s probably where I see this going,” Mahan said.