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Group seeks to defeat same-sex marriage amendment

INDIANAPOLIS – Freedom Indiana launched a bipartisan, statewide campaign Wednesday to defeat a constitutional ban on same sex marriage.

The fight will first come at the Indiana Statehouse, where the group will press lawmakers to table or defeat the measure.

But if that isn’t successful, the campaign will focus on getting Hoosier voters to beat the prohibition at the ballot box in November.

“All Hoosiers deserve liberty and freedom,” said Megan Robertson, the Republican political operative managing the campaign.

She has worked for the Indiana Republican Party, the Marion County Republican Party and on two GOP presidential campaigns. She also managed Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard’s successful 2011 campaign.

State law already defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

The proposed amendment to the Indiana Constitution to ban gay marriage first passed in 2011, but lawmakers must pass it a second time to send the matter to the public for a vote in November 2014.

The proposed amendment reads, “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in Indiana. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized.”

The second sentence would prohibit future legislators from enacting civil unions in the future, and might affect a host of other laws.

Robertson said public opinion is trending the opposite direction from 2011, and she has spoken to Republican legislators who aren’t comfortable with the language – especially the unnecessary second line.