South Bend council to consider resolution against gay marriage ban

South Bend, Ind. As the fight over gay marriage heats up in Indianapolis, South Bend's common council could take a stance on the issue.

On Monday, they'll consider a resolution that would urge lawmakers to reject a proposed amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in the Constitution.

Legislation proposing the ban was filed in the House Thursday by Eric Turner (R-Cicero). This is the second time Turner's brought the bill before the General Assembly. It passed overwhelmingly in 2011, but must pass a second time in order to make it before voters.

Michiana legislators Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) and Wes Culver (R-Goshen) are two of the bill's sponsors.

"It has been defined in our code since 1986 as marriage between one man and one woman," Wesco said. "And, it's really to the point where it's time to let the people decide and vote on this resolution and whether to put it in the Constitution or not."

But, South Bend Common Councilman Tim Scott disagrees. He's proposing the resolution that's against the idea.

In a statement, he said: "Indiana needs to be attractive to all, a place where all are accepted and where everyone can call Indiana home. When large companies like Lilly and Cummins are saying this is bad for business as well as 13 Mayors and 8 major Indiana Universities and Colleges, we too need to voice our objections to this discriminating legislation."

The council will consider the resolution Monday. The bill will go before the House Judiciary Committee the same day.


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